Headline RoundupJanuary 20th, 2023

Google Lays Off 12,000 Workers As Tech Sector Shrink Continues

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Google announced Friday that it is laying off 12,000 workers. This marks another entry in a pattern of downsizing seen across the technology sector over the past year.

Key Quote: In a company memo announcing the layoffs, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that “over the past two years we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth. To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today.”

The Details: The tech sector cut thousands of jobs over the past year. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced it was laying off 10,000 employees. Meta, Twitter, Amazon, and numerous others have shed positions recently. 

How The Media Covered It: The consensus across the spectrum is that tech companies grew rapidly to meet a pandemic-era demand that has since subsided for digital products and services. There is less consensus on what conclusions should be drawn regarding the state of the economy at large. A Fox Business article cited “staggering” tech layoffs as well as layoffs in banking and media to contrast White House statements voicing optimism on the economy. A CNBC article cited a decline in digital advertising revenue and inflation as the cause of the tech layoffs, stating tech companies are slimming down out of “fears of a possible recession next year.” An Associated Press article downplayed the tech layoffs by highlighting the pandemic-era growth, stating, “most tech companies are still vastly larger than they were three years ago.”

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