Earlier this week, Amazon notified employees that plans are in the works to cut 18,000 staffers amid slower consumer and corporate spending, according to a report from Axios.
"That figure is the largest layoff at any tech company in recent months — bigger (by number, not percent) than workforce reductions at Meta, Snap and Twitter," the outlet reported, adding: "The 18,000 count announced on Wednesday includes both previously announced cuts, which focused largely on the company's devices and books business, as well as newly announced reductions that involve other units, including Amazon's people and technology team."
In November, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy informed employees that there would be a fair number of layoffs coming as Biden's and Democrats' horrible economy began to take a huge toll on consumers.
The New York Times reported at the time that, while high, the number of planned layoffs was smaller:
Amazon plans to lay off approximately 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs starting as soon as this week, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be the largest job cuts in the company’s history.
The cuts will focus on Amazon’s devices organization, including the voice assistant Alexa, as well as at its retail division and in human resources, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
As Axios noted, Amazon is not the only tech and service company laying off workers amid Biden's worsening economy. Salesforce told employees earlier this week as well that the company has to shed 10 percent of its workforce, which comes after several hundred job cuts last year. And video company Vimeo will be laying off around 11 percent, after cutting 6 percent of jobs in July.
Jassy said the company planned to reveal the cuts at a later date but was forced to speed up the announcement after "one of our teammates leaked this information externally."
"We typically wait to communicate about these outcomes until we can speak with the people who are directly impacted," he noted in a memo that was posted to the company's website.
The memo explained:
As I shared back in November, as part of our annual planning process for 2023, leaders across the company have been working with their teams and looking at their workforce levels, investments they want to make in the future, and prioritizing what matters most to customers and the long-term health of our businesses. This year’s review has been more difficult given the uncertain economy and that we’ve hired rapidly over the last several years. In November, we communicated the hard decision to eliminate a number of positions across our Devices and Books businesses, and also announced a voluntary reduction offer for some employees in our People, Experience, and Technology (PXT) organization. I also shared that we weren’t done with our annual planning process and that I expected there would be more role reductions in early 2023.
Today, I wanted to share the outcome of these further reviews, which is the difficult decision to eliminate additional roles. Between the reductions we made in November and the ones we’re sharing today, we plan to eliminate just over 18,000 roles. Several teams are impacted; however, the majority of role eliminations are in our Amazon Stores and PXT organizations.
"S-team and I are deeply aware that these role eliminations are difficult for people, and we don’t take these decisions lightly or underestimate how much they might affect the lives of those who are impacted. We are working to support those who are affected and are providing packages that include a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and external job placement support," it added.
With the housing and automobile industries taking, a shaky Wall Street, and sustained high inflation -- all of which have occurred under Democratic "leadership" -- you can expect that more companies will be laying workers off as a full-blown recession takes effect.