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Newspapers Laid Off 2,478 in July; Bringing 2009’s Total Above 13,000

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News Cycle counts 2,478 employees being laid off from newspapers in the United States in the month of July. This figure pushes the annual total to about 13,000 newspapers employees having lost their jobs.

It was the second most difficult month this year (only March had a larger number), and was fueled by a large cut by the Gannett chain and an outsourcing of distribution operations by the Orange County Register in California.

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July 31: The New Mexican of Santa Fe, N.M., 12 people.
July 29: Orange County Register, 919 people as the Santa Ana, Calif.,-based newspaper contracts its delivery operations out to the Los Angeles Times.
July 28: Milwaukee Journal, 37 people.
July 27: The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., 10 people.
July 22: The Loudoun Easterner, of Sterling, Va., ceases publication. The number of employees who lost their jobs was not released by its owners, Landmark Communications Inc.
July 21: The Portland (Ore.) Tribune, two people.
July 15: The Contra Costa Times of Walnut Creek, Calif., Oakland Tribune and Tri-Valley Herald of Pleasanton, Calif., 17 people.
July 10: Claremont (N.H.) Eagle Times, 120 people.
July 8: Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, 18 people.
July 8: Bay State Banner in Boston suspends publication, 12 people.
July 2: Gannett Co. Inc., 1,331 people, according to Gannettoid.com.

In June, 318 people were laid off from newspapers in the United States.
In May, 1,084 people were laid off.
In April, 1,350 people were laid off from newspapers in the United States.
In March, at least 3,943 people lost their jobs from newspapers.
In February, 1,492 people were let go from their newspaper jobs.
In January, newspapers reported 2,256 layoffs to start the year.

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Written by newscycle

August 6, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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  1. Good day, I am a college student in Southern Vermont, and I am taking a class in Global Issues in the Media. I am workng on a research paper about Media Consolidation and the Outsourcing of job in the U.S.
    In the article: “Newspapers Laid Off 2,478 in July; Bringing 2009′s Total Above 13,000”. There is mention that Gannett had outsourced distribution operations of the Orange County Register. I was hoping that you might know where the distribution operation jobs are now located.
    Thank you for any assistance that you may be able to provide.
    Bill Baker

    Bill Baker

    July 13, 2010 at 7:14 am


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