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Startup Layoffs Dipped in October… But Only Slightly

Kelly Lee
Digital Content Specialist

Final month, regardless of a gentle tide of headlines about hiring freezes and employees cutbacks, it appeared that startup layoffs had been starting to dip after peaking in June. On the time we puzzled whether or not this dip was a short lived blip, or if the startup scene had managed to maneuver previous this bloodletting.

October’s knowledge (taken from, which crowdsources its knowledge from quite a few sources) exhibits startup layoffs nonetheless beneath summer time’s notably excessive ranges. Whereas crowdsourcing isn’t at all times probably the most scientific method of figuring out tendencies, some 11,500 startup workers had been laid off final month, with 77 corporations reporting cuts.

As you possibly can see from the next chart, the variety of startups reporting layoffs declined month-over-month, though the full variety of layoffs ticked up throughout the identical interval:

Some notable corporations chopping workers in October included Zillow, GoFundMe, Loom, Salesforce, and Udacity. Layoffs hit a number of segments, together with schooling, finance, healthcare, actual property, and extra. Fears of a possible recession have pushed executives in lots of industries to take a second take a look at spending and hiring, regardless of a unbroken want for tech professionals to do every little thing from securing networks to constructing web sites.

As we transfer towards the top of the 12 months, there are two issues to search for. First, will the variety of startups shedding staff proceed to say no? And can the variety of workers laid off proceed to rise... or degree off? If extra startups lay off staff (and if the variety of staff laid off continues to rise), that is an indication that executives nonetheless regard the financial system as tight. But when the numbers keep considerably degree and even dip, that is clearly a constructive signal for the startup ecosystem.

Not all corporations are chopping again on hiring, in fact. Based on The Data, Google employed 26 p.c extra staff within the third quarter of 2022 than the second, regardless of studies of a “hiring freeze” and a big drop in working revenue and slowing advert revenues. There are additionally studies that Google (together with Meta) is hiring workers fleeing Twitter forward of Elon Musk’s dramatic acquisition.  

Past the startup financial system, tech unemployment dipped to 2.1 p.c in September, defying the fears of financial uncertainty. “Regardless of the prevailing sentiment of a slowing financial system, the positive aspects in tech employment say in any other case,” Tim Herbert, chief analysis officer at CompTIA, wrote in a press release accompanying the group’s month-to-month breakdown of employment knowledge, which it attracts from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However issues may change shortly; it stays to be seen whether or not tech unemployment stays that low by the top of the 12 months.

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