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Amazon Layoffs to Hit Over 18,000 Workers, the Most in Recent Tech Wave

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The headquarters of Seattle-based Amazon, which was initially expected to pare roughly 10,000 employees from the company’s workforce.Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images Inc.’s layoffs will affect more than 18,000 employees, the highest reduction tally revealed in the past year at a major technology company as the industry pares back amid economic uncertainty.

The Seattle-based company in November said that it was beginning layoffs among its corporate workforce, with cuts concentrated on its devices business, recruiting and retail operations. At the time, The Wall Street Journal reported the cuts would total about 10,000 people. Thousands of those cuts began last year.

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