Amazon publicly confirmed for the first time Wednesday that it will cut about 18,000 roles in its corporate workforce, including cuts that started in November. The company had previously said it would reduce its workforce but did not offer many details of the size of the cuts.
Amazon chief executive Andy Jassy wrote in a message to employees that most of the cuts would occur in the company’s retail and human-resources divisions.
“Amazon has weathered uncertain and difficult economies in the past, and we will continue to do so,” Jassy wrote.
Amazon said it would tell some employees affected by the cuts beginning Jan. 18. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
Amazon’s news came just after the cloud-computing giant Salesforce said it would lay off thousands of employees. Like many tech companies, it is dealing with waning growth after booming sales during the pandemic.
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