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Amazon Makes Rare Layoffs

Amazon will cut hundreds of jobs at its Seattle headquarters and elsewhere as it seeks to streamline its retail business following several years of growth.


The move was first reported by the Seattle Times and the newspaper and others have since reported that Amazon confirmed that it was making “adjustments” that would amount to “small reductions in a couple of places…”

GeekWire also reported that while 500 positions were being cut, several of those workers would be offered other positions within the company.

While jobs were being cut in the core retail unit of the company, Amazon continues to hire aggressively in other parts of its business, the Times said.

In addition to reporting a global workforce of more than 560,000 – a 66 percent increase over last year – the Times noted that the company has more than 12,000 job openings and is continuing to move toward opening its second headquarters, which is expected to result in the hiring of another 50,000 people.

The paper also reported that some retail consolidating was likely going on, noting that some of the company’s retail units outside of Seattle have also been shedding some workers. Among those are its shoe company Zappos and Diapers.com.

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