Dell cuts 6,600 jobs as it becomes latest tech company to lay off workers

More job cuts are hitting the tech world. This time it’s Dell that is slashing employees.

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The computer maker announced Monday that it is letting go of about 6,600 employees, The Associated Press reported.

That adds to the nearly 50,000 layoffs that hit the tech sector last month, according to the AP.

The 6,600 jobs account for about 5% of the company’s workforce, Reuters reported.

The cuts come after Dell had already instituted a hiring freeze and travel holds after computer sales lagged after the COVID-19 pandemic.

PC sales are half of Dell’s income, Reuters reported.

Company officials called it “an uncertain future.”

Dell is not alone in announcing job cuts.

HP announced it expects to also cut about 6,000 jobs, according to Reuters. HP expanded during the pandemic and when people were forced to work remotely but since most companies have returned to the in-person model, sales have declined.

Manufacturers of computers aren’t the only companies that have been forced to cut the bottom line.

According to the AP, several tech sector companies have been laying off employees since the beginning of the year, including:

  • Amazon is cutting about 18,000 workers from its 1.5 million employees worldwide.
  • Salesforce laid off 8,000 people or about 10% of employees.
  • Microsoft planned to cut about 10,000 jobs or about 5% of employees.
  • Google is laying off about 12,000 workers or about 6% of employees.
  • PayPal is cutting about 7% of employees or about 2,000 full-time workers.

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