Amazon Eliminates Hundreds of Seattle Jobs

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With more than 566,000 employees as of December worldwide, Amazon is also the second-largest employer in the United States, taking into consideration both corporate employees and ones at its fulfillment centers. People familiar with the cuts and the decision said that the laying off had already begun and would be completed over the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for Amazon said that as part of the company's planning process it does each year, it is making adjustments to head count throughout the company, with small reductions in a few places and aggressive hiring in several others.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to be an important part of the company's overall revenue.

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The firm's website shows numerous new positions report to Amazon Web Services, the firm's profitable cloud computing division. "For affected employees, we work to find roles in the areas where we are hiring". Beyond roles in warehouses, it has 12,500 open jobs listed on Monday, the Seattle Times noted.

The news of a worker reduction in one particular area comes after years of nearly rapid hiring, but also an abrupt change in the other direction.

The cuts came at a time when Amazon is actively vetting cities in which to build a second headquarters, called HQ2, where it plans to create 50,000 jobs in the next 10 to 15 years.

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The job cuts are a drop in the bucket compared to how many positions the company has created lately. So as Amazon looks to grow elsewhere, it appears to be consolidating resources at its home base.

Many companies wait until it's too late to perform vital restructuring efforts but Amazon isn't most companies.

Some of the sources said that because the company is seeking space to expand outside Seattle, it's slowing down the hiring process. As layoffs will be implemented on the consumer retail divisions of the firm, there will be active recruitments that will see the number of employees swelling in other sectors of the operation.

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Currently, the company has over 4,000 job listings on its website for the local office.

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