Star-Ledger, NJ’s Largest Newspaper, Slashes 167 Jobs

Layoffs cost the newsroom 25 percent of its staff

The Star-Ledger of Newark, the biggest newspaper in New Jersey, cut 167 jobs Thursday, including 25 percent of its newsroom.

The reductions come as officials say The Star-Ledger is projected to lose $19 million this year.

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The layoffs do not come as a surprise. According to the website, the paper has already seen “a parade of people” leave in recent weeks, regarding concerns about the future of the paper as print publications nationwide struggle with financial uncertainties.

One of the largest publications in the country, The Star-Ledger boasts a print circulation of 167,600 and 265,500 on Sunday.

The newspaper has been struggling to reduce its costs and consolidate operations with “sister publications” in New Jersey.