Here’s how many Bay Area workers are losing jobs

Jan. 25, 2023Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 3:33 pm The logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. Google said it’s laying off 12,000 workers, becoming the latest tech company to trim staff after rapid expansions during the COVID-19 pandemic have worn off. Michel Euler, STF / Associated Press Google’s mass layoff of 12,000 workers will affect at least 1,845 workers in California , including 1,608 in the Bay Area, according to state filings. The cuts span offices across the company’s Mountain View headquarters, which saw the majority of cuts in the state with 1,436 employees affected; San Bruno, home to the headquarters of YouTube; and Palo Alto. Los Angeles and Irvine also saw cuts. No jobs were affected in San Francisco, where the search giant has numerous offices near the Embarcadero. The cuts represent 15% of the company’s global layoff total and take effect on March 31. A wide range of job types were affected, from marketing managers to user experience designers to software engineers, and even 27 massage therapists. The mass layoffs, along with others at tech giants like Amazon and Meta, could drag up Santa Clara County’s unemployment rate, which was at just 2% at the end of last year, and hurt the Bay Area economy. But the more than two-month gap until the playoffs take effect means that they won’t be reflected in government data until later this year. Alphabet had around 187,000 total employees as of September 2022, up from 150,000 a year earlier. Roland Li is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @rolandlisf Roland Li covers commercial real estate for the business desk, focusing on the Bay Area office and retail sectors. He was previously a reporter at San Francisco Business Times, where he won one award from the California News Publishers Association and three from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. He is the author of “Good Luck Have Fun: The Rise of eSports,” a 2016 book on the history of the competitive video game industry. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2015, he studied and worked in New York. He has freelanced for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other local publications. His hobbies of his include swimming and urban photography.

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