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Thomson Reuters details layoff numbers

Thomson Reuters

We’re learning more about just how many jobs will be affected by the closing of the Thomas Reuters office in Rochester.

When Thomson Reuters announced last week that it would be closing the Rochester office, the company did not detail how many people were being impacted.

The company had issued a brief statement indicating that it “routinely looks at ways to run our global business operations more efficiently,” and that approach, “sometimes includes reviews of our real estate portfolio to best balance our internal resources with the needs of our customers in a highly competitive environment."

But a notice filed with the New York State Labor Departmentsays that 304 employees will be affected, with layoffs beginning next February and continuing through the year. The actual office on Broad St. is due to close by the end of September 2019.

Thomson Reuters’ local operations are involved in providing legal publishing services, and have roots in the former Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company in the Aqueduct Building in Rochester.

Last week, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy said that chamber had not been able to have conversations with the company about the decision to close, but he said the Chamber stands ready to help connect employees with other possible job openings locally.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.