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Tesla may let off 601 more staff due to market issues

Tesla plans to lay off 14,000 workers worldwide.

Tesla recently announced its plan to lay off an additional 601 employees in California. The move is a response to declining sales and increasing competition in the electric vehicle sector.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, first announced the intention to reduce the company’s workforce by over 10 percent on April 15, citing the need to adapt to changing market dynamics. Since then, multiple rounds of layoffs have been executed, with Musk reportedly aiming for a 20 percent reduction in headcount.

The latest round of layoffs will mainly affect workers at Tesla’s Palo Alto and Fremont facilities. The termination process is set to commence within a 14-day period starting on June 20, 2024, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice issued by Tesla.

Last month, Tesla announced plans to cut 6,020 jobs in California and Texas as part of its broader downsizing strategy. This significant reduction underscores the company’s efforts to address economic challenges and competitive pressures in the electric vehicle market.

In addition to the cuts in California and Texas, Tesla’s restructuring has also impacted its Buffalo, New York, facilities, resulting in the layoff of 285 employees involved in Autopilot software labelling and fast-charging equipment manufacturing.

These layoffs reflect Tesla’s strategic shift towards optimizing operations and reducing costs, particularly in high-cost regions such as California. The Palo Alto and Fremont facilities play a critical role in Tesla’s research, development, and manufacturing activities.

The move also aligns with broader trends in the tech and automotive industries, where companies prioritize cost management and operational efficiency. For Tesla, maintaining market leadership requires a balance between innovation and financial prudence.