Amazon Announces Biggest Layoff in its History
With the holiday season upon us, Amazon officials announced today the company plans to layoff 10,000 employees, some as early as this week.
The cuts will reportedly affect the company’s devices organization, which includes Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant, as well as the retail division and human resources.
The cuts this week will primarily affect those in corporate and technology roles. Amazon had more than 1.5 million employees at the end of September, a 5% increase over the year before. Officials say they expect all that to change due to the fact inflation is still high, people’s budgets are tight and a slower growth period is expected moving forward.
Today’s announcement of plans to layoff 10,000 workers represents 3% of the company’s corporate employees, yet just 1% of its global workforce.
Amazon operates a Fulfillment Center in Appling, employing more than 2,500 workers. It’s not known if any layoffs are planned at the facility in Columbia County.