Tech layoffs continue, Google axes 12,000 jobs

Google is laying off 12,000 workers, or about 6% of its workforce, becoming the latest tech company to trim staff as the economic boom that the industry rode during the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who also leads its parent company Alphabet, informed staff about the cuts in an email that was also posted on the company’s news blog.

It’s one of the company’s biggest-ever round of layoffs and adds to tens of thousands of other job losses recently announced by Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook parent Meta, and other tech companies.

The jobs being eliminated “cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels, and regions.”

Regulatory filings show that Google’s workforce had swelled during the pandemic, ballooning to nearly 187,000 people by late last year from 119,000 at the end of 2019.