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Amazon cutting 9,000 more jobs, bringing 2023 total to 27,000


NEW YORK — Amazon plans to eliminate 9,000 more jobs in the next few weeks, CEO Andy Jassy said in a memo to staff on Monday.

The job cuts would mark the second largest round of layoffs in the company’s history, adding to the 18,000 employees the tech giant said it would lay off in January. The company’s workforce doubled during the pandemic, however, in the midst of a hiring surge across almost the entire tech sector.

Tech companies have announced tens of thousands of job cuts this year.

In the memo, Jassy said the second phase of the company’s annual planning process completed this month led to the additional job cuts. He said Amazon will still hire in some strategic areas.

“Some may ask why we didn’t announce these role reductions with the ones we announced a couple months ago. The short answer is that not all of the teams were done with their analyses in the late fall; and rather than rush through these assessment­s without the appropriat­e diligence, we chose to share these decisions as we’ve made them so people had the informatio­n as soon as possible,” Jassy said.

The job cuts announced Monday will hit profitable areas for the company including its cloud computing unit AWS and its burgeoning advertisin­g business. Twitch, the gaming platform Amazon owns, will also see some layoffs as well as Amazon’s PXT organizati­ons, which handle human resources and other functions.

Prior layoffs had also hit PXT, the company’s stores division, which encompasse­s its e-commerce business as well as brick-andmortar stores such as Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go, and other department­s such as the one that runs the virtual assistant Alexa.

Earlier this month, the company said it would pause constructi­on on its headquarte­rs building in northern Virginia, though the first phase of that project will open this June with 8,000 employees.

Like other tech companies, Amazon ramped up hiring during the pandemic to meet the demand from homebound Americans that were increasing­ly buying stuff online to keep themselves safe from the virus.

Amazon’s workforce, in warehouses and offices, doubled to more than 1.6 million people in about two years. But demand slowed as the worst of the pandemic eased.

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