The Associated Press is hiring in Chicago. And not for entry-level positions either.

Here are the jobs, advertised and described on the AP’s “career” Web site:

*Regional editor — Central

*Regional deputy editor — Central

*Assistant Central editor

*Central broadcast editor

*Editors for Central desk

*Enterprise editor — Central

*Multimedia editor — Central

*Regional assistant sports editor — Central

*Broadcast newsperson — Central

Does this mean that as newspapers shrink their staffs, the AP is expanding its own to compensate?

No. The AP’s in trouble too. Last November the AP announced that it was cutting its global work force of 4,100 people by 10 percent. We’re still profitable, said the AP, but our profits are dwindling.

At the same time the AP announced that it intended “to shift 91 editor positions from its New York headquarters and U.S. state bureaus” to four new regional editing centers — in Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Phoenix. The Central region, based here, will consist of Illinois and 13 other states. This reorganization isn’t to cut costs, says the AP; it’s to speed up the flow of news and make it possible to shift some editors to reporting positions.

In short, new jobs need filling in Chicago because old jobs are disappearing in other cities, and the AP will have plenty of applicants from its own ranks. But all those journalists laid off from places like the Tribune and Sun-Times can hope. From this group “I get a call a day,” someone in the AP’s Chicago bureau told me.