Updated at 10:10 a.m. PT: "Your information was correct about the New Jersey layoffs,'' a reader just told me in an e-mail. "I guess today is the first day of the rest of my life."
Earlier: Several of my readers are now telling me that 55 employees were laid off today at newspapers including the Asbury Park Press, the Home News Tribune, the Courier News and The Daily Record. One reader says those who lost their jobs will be able to interview for open positions at each of the newspapers.
Any forced layoffs would suggest Gannett's struggling group of six N.J. newspapers was unable to reach cost-savings goals when management offered buyouts three weeks ago to nearly 170 employees at five of the papers. Management had warned layoffs were likely if an insufficient number of employees agreed to leave voluntarily.
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