Less than two weeks after Uber on Monday is cutting about 3,000 more jobs and closing or consolidating around 40 offices. The moves, which were reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal, are part of the company’s attempt to make it through the coronavirus pandemic., ride-hailing company
“Given the dramatic impact of the pandemic, and the unpredictable nature of any eventual recovery, we are concentrating our efforts on our core mobility and delivery platforms and resizing our company to match the realities of our business, said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a statement. “That’s led us to some painful decisions today: we are stopping some of our non-core investments and reducing the size of our workforce by around 3,000 people, each of whom I want to personally thank for their contributions to Uber.”
Earlier in May, Uber laid off around 3,7000 full-time employees, mostly from its customer support and recruiting teams. Uber has seen its core ride-hailing business significantly impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, even as the company has tried to expand offerings like Uber Eats and other delivery services. It’s also seen thousands of its drivers become infected with or exposed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. At least five Uber drivers have died from the virus.
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