Corporate Layoffs Continue In 2024, Following A Challenging 2023. Almost Every Single Company, Even The Huge International Mega-Corps Have Been Laying Off Substantial % Of Their Workforces.

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The year 2024 has ushered in a challenging period for employment as a multitude of companies, including major international corporations, embark on substantial workforce reductions. This trend, which began in 2023, is indicative of the evolving economic landscape, leaving workers across various industries grappling with job uncertainties.

The retail and technology sectors, having experienced a surge in hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic when online activities flourished, are now witnessing layoffs aimed at streamlining operations and fortifying financial positions. Notable among the companies implementing workforce reductions in recent weeks are:

  • Microsoft: Initiating layoffs affecting 10,000 positions.
  • Google: Announcing reductions impacting 12,000 positions.
  • Wayfair: Implementing layoffs equivalent to 13% of its workforce.
  • Ebay: Announcing reductions affecting 9% of its positions.
  • Levi Strauss: Initiating layoffs impacting 15% of its positions.
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This trend follows the record layoffs observed in 2023, which witnessed a remarkable 200% increase over 2022. Through the first nine months of 2023, there were approximately 605,000 announced layoffs, representing a 198% increase from the same period in the previous year. Technology employees are notably affected, with around 152,000 layoffs announced, signifying a substantial 716% increase from the previous year.

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While the retail and healthcare industries have also experienced significant layoffs, there is a glimmer of hope in the latest data. Overall layoffs declined by 37% from August to September, and the tech sector saw the lowest number of announced dismissals in 15 months during the same period. However, the evolving job market continues to pose challenges for workers navigating uncertain economic conditions.


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