The Oregonian today laid off a number of business-side employees, publisher N. Christian Anderson III confirmed to WW.

One source tells WW that as many as 38 Oregonian employees lost their jobs today. Anderson declined to confirm how many employees were laid off.

One employee described the situation as a "firestorm." Rumors of cuts had been making the rounds for weeks.

Anderson's statement indicates that no newsroom jobs were lost. But the cuts—the latest after three years of frequent cutbacks in all departments—will inevitably affect the overall quality of Oregon's largest newspaper.

Anderson's full statement to WW follows:

"We did eliminate some positions in our company today.  They were in Production, Circulation, Finance and Advertising Support.  They are part of our continuing effort to find efficiencies in our operations as we strengthen our financial performance."Thanks for your interest in The Oregonian."