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Here’s How Many Workers Amazon Laid Off in San Francisco

Written by Joshua BotePublished Nov. 13, 2023 • 1:06pm
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The year-end layoff push continues with e-commerce conglomerate Amazon dropping dozens of workers in its San Francisco office.

According to California Employment Development Department documents known as WARN notices, Amazon reported that it would issue pink slips to 57 employees at its 188 Spear St. offices. The layoffs primarily affect technical and business positions—such as software development engineers and technical product managers. 

READ MORE: San Francisco Tech Layoffs Crept Up in October. See Why

Recent posts on LinkedIn suggest that this layoff round hit workers in Amazon’s music and podcasting division, known as Amazon Music. A representative for Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

Amazon may perhaps be the highest-profile Big Tech firm continuing to lay workers off leading into the holiday season: The e-commerce giant shuttered its brick-and-mortar apparel stores in Southern California and Ohio earlier this month.

A separate WARN notice obtained by The Standard shows that 114 employees at the Southern California store were laid off.

READ MORE: Social Media Giant Slashes 25% of Staff in Latest Year-End Layoffs

This latest layoff spell continues a recent trend of tech companies "right-sizing" their employee count as the end of the year approaches. Last week, Block, Nextdoor and Carta were among the highest-profile companies to let go of workers.

Amazon's belt-tightening shows no signs of stopping yet, either. The company reportedly sacked 180 employees in its gaming division Monday. 

Over the last year, the company has laid off more than 25,000 employees as part of a wider cost-cutting strategy put in place by the CEO.

Joshua Bote can be reached at jbote@sfstandard.com


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