Ooph, another blow to a local print publication.  The Tampa Tribune announced earlier today that it will be laying off 165 employees - 16 percent of its workforce - from the main paper and its sister publications.

These layoffs will not only affect employees of the Tampa Tribune, but those working in the digital realm at tbo.com as well.  Media General, the parent company of these publications as well as News Channel 8, is implementing this cut.  News Channel 8, at the time of this writing, will not be affected though.

This comes right off the heels of the St. Petersburg Times' recent announcement that they'd become the Tampa Bay Times at the beginning of 2012.  Do you think this is the nail in the coffin?  Or can the Tampa Tribune find a way to recover?

In better news, the national unemployment rate is down to 8.6 percent and Tampa companies that are currently hiring do exist, so that's nice.