Newsweek employees could really use a hug right now, however, it may be difficult to find anyone who still works for the magazine.  On Monday, The Daily Beast put the kibosh on talks for a possible merger with Newsweek and just yesterday a report on Business Insider indicated that several staffers have made their exit from the company.  These individuals join the dozens of others who have recently parted ways with Newsweek.

Here’s the latest casualty report:

Deputy editor Julia Baird has resigned.

Global business editor Kathleen Deveny is leaving on Oct. 29

Staff writer Nancy Cook has left for a job at business publication, Fast Company

Washington bureau staff writer Suzanne Smalley resigned and is now with The Atlantic

In addition to these personnel losses, the contract for Number 17 – the firm that oversaw Newsweek‘s unpopular May 2009 redesign – has expired.

Despite the exits, some have decided to return to Newsweek.  Last week we reported that cultural reporter, Ramin Setoodeh, is back following a short run with People.  Former business editor David Jefferson also rejoined with the company as a general editor.