Rich Lemert wrote:I don't see that there's any necessity for you to "break the news" at all. Your concern is with the job you're trying to get, not the job you lost.
At some point they will probably ask why you're seeking a new position. You can say something like "I started looking in response to rumors about up-coming lay-offs, and unfortunately those rumors have proven to be correct."
That's what I love about Rich Lemert's advice. The verbiage he chose above is PERFECT
“Humility is not my forte, and whenever I dwell for any length of time on my shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things; not at all like the glaring defects in other people’s characters.” - Margaret Halsey