FH_8.25.bmpExclusive: PRNewser has learned of layoffs at Fleishman Hillard’s Washington, D.C. office late last week.

Bill Pendergast, GM of the Washington, D.C. office, wouldn’t specify how many people were let go, but told us, “the number of employees affected were in single digits percentage-wise in terms of the size of the office.” The employees were members of a “small number of different practice areas,” Pendergast added.

The Washington, D.C. office was the only office to see staff cuts. Pendergast said the cuts are in response to market forces.

“The DC communications market is fiercely competitive and clients are changing in terms of their needs, increased interest in creative, and in integrated programs with strong digital components in the center. We have to respond to that as an agency,” said Pendergast.