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(WJW) – The largest Amazon layoff in history continues for the company that announced earlier this month that a total of 18,000 positions will be eliminated.

The reductions started in November.

On Jan. 4, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy posted a blog post to employees saying “between the reductions we made in November and the ones we’re sharing today, we plan to eliminate just over 18,000 roles.” 

He also stated: “We intend on communicating with impacted employees (or where applicable in Europe, with employee representative bodies) starting on January 18.”

He announced the major job cuts after hiring “rapidly over the last several years” in the face of the COVID pandemic.

Several areas of the business will be impacted, he noted, however, the majority of role eliminations are in our Amazon Stores and PXT organizations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.