Amazon plans to lay off 10,000 people starting this week - NYT

Amazon.com Inc is planning to lay off about 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs starting as soon as this week, according to a New York Times report.

 Amazon is shutting down its fledgling health care service, Amazon Care, at the end of this year. Shown is an Amazon facility in Sunnyvale, California. (photo credit: DREAMSTIME/TNS)
Amazon is shutting down its fledgling health care service, Amazon Care, at the end of this year. Shown is an Amazon facility in Sunnyvale, California.
(photo credit: DREAMSTIME/TNS)

Amazon.com Inc is planning to lay off about 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs starting as soon as this week, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The cuts will focus on the e-commerce giant's devices unit, which houses voice-assistant Alexa, as well as its retail division and human resources, according to the report, which also said the total number of layoffs remains fluid.

The company did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. As of December 31 last year, Amazon had about 1,608,000 full-time and part-time employees.

Layoffs in US companies

Amazon joins a bandwagon of US companies making deep cuts to its employee base to brace for a potential economic downturn.

An Amazon logo is seen at its centre in Darlington, County Durham, Britain September 3, 2020 (credit: LEE SMITH / REUTERS)An Amazon logo is seen at its centre in Darlington, County Durham, Britain September 3, 2020 (credit: LEE SMITH / REUTERS)

Last week, Facebook-parent Meta Platforms said it would cut more than 11,000 jobs, or 13% of its workforce, to rein in costs.