Amazon to Cut Hundreds of Jobs at Its Seattle Headquarters

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According to several reports, the cuts – rare for Amazon - are focused on its Seattle headquarters and will affect some workers globally.

Seattle head count jumped in 2010 to over 40,000 people from 5,000 in 2010.

Shares of Amazon rose 3.32% to $1,384 per share on Monday following a Seattle Times report suggesting the ecommerce behemoth plans to layoff hundreds of workers, mostly in its consumer retail division.

However, it is still unclear as to which specific teams within Amazon will experience job cuts as the company has expanded significantly into a wider range of businesses including food delivery and it recently opened the world's first automated grocery store.

It's not a great day for hundreds of employees at Amazon's Seattle headquarters.

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"As part of our annual planning process, we are making headcount adjustments across the company - small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive hiring in many others".

Amazon said previous year that it planned to create 100,000 jobs in the USA as it bulks up fulfillment centres and adds more customer service representatives. The job cuts were less than 10 percent of the company's total sales force and 75 percent of the cut took place outside the US. Amazon now has more than 4,000 job listings on its site for Seattle. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. Amazon agreed to buy the high end grocer in a almost $14bn deal in summer past year. Counting only corporate roles outside of Amazon's warehouses, the company had 12,500 open jobs on Monday.

The layoffs came following the spurt of hiring freezes seen in the past few months.

Shares were up 3.5 percent, trading at 1,386.23 United States dollars, as of 12:50 (GMT). In comments earlier this month, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said the company was going to "double down" on Alexa following better-than-expected success from its voice-activated software. As the company's fortunes have grown, so has the size of its employee base.

So amidst all this growth, why exactly is Amazon laying off people?

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