Amazon will eliminate 9,000 jobs in the coming weeks, CEO Andy Jassy announced Monday.
The latest round of layoffs adds to the 18,000 employees the company let go in January, further cutting into the size of the company’s workforce, which doubled during the course of the pandemic.
“Some may ask why we didn’t announce these role reductions with the ones we announced a couple months ago. The short answer is that not all of the teams were done with their analyses in the late fall; and rather than rush through these assessments without the appropriate diligence, we chose to share these decisions as we’ve made them, so people had the information as soon as possible,” Jassy said.
Most of the employees that will be impacted work for the company’s highly profitable Amazon Web Services (AWS) division, its advertising business, streaming platform Twitch and its PXT division, which oversees human resources, among other functions.
Previously, the company had laid off workers from PXT, its store division, which handles its in-store and online business, and teams working on supporting its voice assistant Alexa.
In addition to the latest cost-cutting measures, the company announced earlier this month that it would pause work on its second headquarters in northern Virginia.