Tuesday, December 2, 2008

'Rochester Democrat and Chronicle' Drops 59 Jobs

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says it is eliminating 59 jobs, or 8% of its work force, to pare back costs during the weak economy.

The daily newspaper says it will lay off 34 employees later this week and has already accepted 14 voluntary reductions, 3 of them in the newsroom. In addition, it says 11 open positions will not be filled.

The newspaper has not yet specified how many of the layoffs will occur in the newsroom. After the cuts are made, it will have 680 full-time and part-time employees.

Publisher Ali Zoibi says rising costs and a drop in advertising and circulation revenue have created what he called "this unpleasant situation."

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