More than 7,000 Americans work for major US newspapers, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

The survey, which was released on Wednesday, comes just weeks after a Senate panel voted to expand the definition of a public interest news organisation to include media outlets that receive more than $250 million in funding from a government or private sector source.

While the Federal Communications Commission has made the definition a key part of its rules for the future, it has not explicitly applied it to the American Press Association.

However, the report states that there is a problem of “over-exploitation” of press jobs.

“The APA reports to the Federal Communication Commission, which has not had the flexibility to determine its own standards,” the report says.

Its members, which are independent from newspapers, include the Washington Post, USA Today, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Wall Street Magazine, The New Yorker and USA Today Network.

There are around 500 news outlets in the US, according the report.

APA members include the Associated Press, Associated Press Publishers, The Associated Press Inc., USA Today Media, USA NOW, The Washington Post Co., Washington Post Holdings Inc., and Washington Post Media.

Read more about the report here.