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Newspaper Layoffs Hit 6,000 This Year – in March – Mid-March

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Our Newsroom Angel of Death, Erica Smith, the saint that keeps tabs on you and all your friends losing their jobs and is kind enough to make a nifty google map of it, has informed us that we’re accelerating the rate of job losses this year.

She writes FBLA:

More not-so-great news. On Saturday I added the 6,000th layoff to Paper Cuts. And then another 43. It’s only March. Kinda interesting to my morbid mind, 428 newspapers announced layoffs in 2008. In just three months, 260 papers have announced layoffs in 2009. And some of those papers are already on their second or third round.

Last year on Memorial Day, there had been 3,000 layoffs. That was May. Last year. By November it was over 15,000. Damn.

Make sure to follow Smith on Twitter…because what else do you have to do?

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