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Data Dive: Global Tech Layoffs—Cyclical or Structural?

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Is AI (artificial intelligence) taking jobs in the global technology industry?

We review data on layoffs in the global technology industry and pose the question of whether workforce reductions are cyclical, due to a slower economic cycle and a reaction to pandemic-era expansion, or structural, amid the rise of AI and generative AI (GenAI).

This report is part of our Data Dive series, in which each report offers an essential briefing on topical, need-to-know data.

Data in this research report include:

  • Tracked layoff announcements by technology firms, January 2023–February 2024

Companies mentioned in this report include: Adobe, Alphabet/Google, Grammarly, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Salesforce

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