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Tech Layoffs Come Back With a Vengeance: 80,000 In January, Approaching 200,000 Total

After layoff activity in the tech industry quieted down around the holidays, it’s come back with a vengeance in January. According to our Layoff Tracker, 80,076 job eliminations have been announced or completed since the beginning of the year. The total number of tech layoffs since we began tracking in late August is now 195,856.

This past week alone, substantial layoffs were announced by Ericsson (5,000), Intel (6,000), and Microsoft (5,000). The biggest job loss by far is the 34,000 employees of Circuit City, which announced it is going out of business last week.

Among startups, layoffs hit Digg, Federated Media, and O”Reilly Media. Even Google was not immune, with 100 internal recruiters losing their jobs, many more contractors, and rumors swirling that more cuts may be on the way.

If you know of any layoffs at a tech company, please submit a tip with the name of the company and number of layoffs. If it’s been covered, also send a link to the blog post or news article. (For who is hiring, check out our job board).

Below is the list of January layoffs from our tracker.

Company Date Location # % Source
Digg January 22, 2009 San Francisco, CA 7 10% Cnet
Microsoft January 22, 2009 Redmond, WA 5,000 5% TechCrunch
Ericsson January 21, 2009 Stockholm, Sweden 5,000 6% Cnet
Bose January 21, 2009 Framingham, MA 1,000 10% Boston Globe
Intel January 21, 2009 6,000 Network World
Clear Channel Radio January 20, 2009 1,850 9% paidContent
Warner Brothers January 20, 2009 Hollywood 800 Yahoo Finance
SEGA January 20, 2009 San Francisco, CA 30 IGN
Circuit City January 17, 2009 USA 34,000 100% Circuit City website
Federated Media January 16, 2009 7 Company Blog
AMD January 16, 2009 1,100 9% Washington Post
Autodesk January 15, 2009 Worldwide 750 10% Reuters
Oversee.net January 15, 2009 Los Angeles 40 18% DomainName Wire
O’Reilly Media January 15, 2009 Sebastopol 30 14% Press Democrat
NEC January 15, 2009 Australia 200 Daily Telegraph
Google January 14, 2009 100 1% Official Google Blog
Varolii January 14, 2009 Seattle 8% TechFlash
Oracle January 14, 2009 United State 500 1% MSN Money
Plantronics January 14, 2009 Santa Cruz 900 18% San Jose Mercury News
Motorola January 14, 2009 4,000 Wall Street Journal
WatchGuard January 13, 2009 Seattle 55 9% TechFlash
TBD Networks January 13, 2009 San Jose 5 50% TechCrunch
Financial Times January 12, 2009 London, UK 80 Guardian
Seagate January 12, 2009 US 800 10% AP

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