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More layoffs at Amazon possible in 2023

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said the company could start laying off even more workers in 2023, adding that "leaders across the company" are reviewing their employees, teams, and workloads.

"This year’s review is more difficult due to the fact that the economy remains in a challenging spot and we’ve hired rapidly the last several years," Jassy said in a statement.

The news comes after the Seattle-based online retail giant confirmed this week that it's laying off employees who work on its smart devices and speakers, as well as those who work in retail stores. It's estimated that upwards of 10,000 workers could be laid off soon.

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Amazon plans to offer some employees severance packages, or help them find a different position within the company. Jassy said they don't know how many more people they'll let go, but expect more layoffs in the People and Stores divisions.

According to Jassy, the recent decision involves eliminating "a number of positions across our Devices and Books businesses," as well as "some employees in our People, Experience, and Technology (PXT) organization."

Jassy further stated:

"Our annual planning process extends into the new year, which means there will be more role reductions as leaders continue to make adjustments. Those decisions will be shared with impacted employees and organizations early in 2023. We haven’t concluded yet exactly how many other roles will be impacted (we know that there will be reductions in our Stores and PXT organizations), but each leader will communicate to their respective teams when we have the details nailed down. And, as has been the case this week, we will prioritize communicating directly with impacted employees before making broad public or internal announcements."