November 1st, 2011 4:17 pm | by HANNAH HOFFMAN News | Posted In: Business, Media

The Oregonian Axes More Employees in Second Round of Layoffs This Year

The Oregonian laid off about 20 business-side employees Tuesday, adding to about 38 employees the paper let go in June.

Publisher N. Christian Anderson III confirmed to WW that the paper had announced the layoffs. He wouldn't confirm the exact number but said none of the cuts came from the newsroom staff, and that the cuts were part of the paper’s overall cost-saving strategy. Sources at the daily said executives didn't rule out more layoffs in the future. 

The Oregonian, which once pledged to its employees they would never be laid off for economic reasons, has axed more than 100 employees since 2009. In March of that year, the paper laid off 33 part-time employees. In February 2010, the paper laid off 37 full-time workers, most from the newsroom.

Anderson said The Oregonian brought in a profit in 2010 and is on track to make money in 2011 as well.

There was no mention of the layoffs in The Oregonian on Wednesday, but the paper touted its claim to having slightly higher circulation numbers.

Here's what Anderson shared with WW in an email on Tuesday:
"Our average daily and Sunday circulation numbers for the six months ending September 30 were released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The spectacular news is that for the first time in several years, we reported year-over-year gains in paid, print circulation.
Monday through Friday, we increased paid circulation by 1.6% overall and 2.5% in our newspaper designated market of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.  Sunday circulation increased by 2.8% overall and 3.7% in the newspaper designated market."
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