Google Axing 12,000 jobs, as layoffs widen in the tech industry

LONDON (AP) — Google is laying off 12,000 workers, becoming the latest tech company to cut staff after rapid expansions during the COVID-19 pandemic faded.

CEO, Sundar Pichai, shared the news on Friday in an email to employees at the Silicon Valley giant that was also posted on the company’s news blog.

“Over the past two years, we have seen periods of explosive growth,” Pichai wrote. “To keep pace with and support this growth, we have set an economic reality different from the one we face today.”

He said the layoffs reflected a “rigorous review” by Google of its operations.

Pichai said the jobs being eliminated “include alphabet, product areas, functions, levels, and regions.”

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it will cut 10,000 jobs, or roughly 5% of its workforce. Amazon is cutting 18,000 jobs, while Facebook parent company Meta is shedding 11,000 jobs.

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