Yahoo Layoffs Number 140

By RJ Middleton
|  Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011  |  Updated 12:03 PM PDT
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Yahoo Layoffs Number 140

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SUNNYVALE, CA - JANUARY 22: The Yahoo logo is seen on a sign outside of the Yahoo Sunnyvale campus January 22, 2008 in Sunnyvale, California. Yahoo is poised to lay off hundreds of employees in hopes of increasing profits and boosting its stock price. No date is set for the layoffs but it is likely that the notice will come around January 29th when the company reports quarterly earnings. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Yahoo layoffs are normally discussed for weeks, if not months, in the media. This morning is a little different.

According to sources, the New York offices have announced cuts in staffing, starting this morning. The layoff will start at its New York offices.

The Sunnyvale-based company will layoff 1 percent of its workforce, which adds up to about 140 people. The cuts are in addition to the more than 600 employees who were shown the door in December.

Yahoo released the following statement concerning the layoff:

"The personnel changes we are making are part of our ongoing strategy to best position Yahoo for revenue growth and margin expansion and to support our strategy to deliver differentiated products and experiences to the marketplace. We'll continue to hire on a global basis to support our key priorities. Today's action impacts approximately 1 percent of the global employee base." Dana Lengkeek, spokeswoman for Yahoo said.

 

The announcement is unusual on a couple of fronts.  First, companies don't often make new cuts in the middle of the business day. They often wait until after the close of the stock markets. Additionally, Yahoo will later today announce its quarterly profits, and most companies are very reluctant to make news before an earnings announcement.

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