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LinkedIn laying off nearly 1,000 employees as coronavirus takes toll

Struggling in a coronavirus-ravaged economy
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LinkedIn is laying off nearly 1,000 employees, roughly 6% of its workforce globally, with unemployment in the U.S. above 13% and national economies from Europe and Asia, to the Americas, shrinking due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The outbreak has disrupted commerce globally, closing thousands of businesses while forcing others to furlough large numbers of employees as they await a recovery. Hiring has slowed dramatically. The number of people applying for unemployment aid has remained stubbornly high in the past several weeks, a sign that many businesses are still shedding jobs and clouding the outlook for jobs. 

The overall U.S. unemployment rate in June was 11.1%, down from 13.3% in April, according to the Labor Department.

In a note to employees at the professional networking site, CEO Ryan Roslansky said that the job cuts will hit global sales and talent acquisition sections of the company. He said no further layoffs are planned.

"LinkedIn is not immune to the effects of the global pandemic," Roslansky said. "Our Talent Solutions business continues to be impacted as fewer companies, including ours, need to hire at the same volume they did previously."

LinkedIn employees in the U.S. will receive at least 10 weeks of severance pay and a year of continuing health coverage through COBRA. Those being laid off will continue in their roles through Aug. 21.

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