A record number of U.S. renters spent more than 30% of their income on rent in 2021

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U.S. jobless claims drop to nine-month low of 183,000 even as more firms announce layoffs

The numbers: The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits at the end of January fell to a nine-month low of 183,000, signaling that the U.S. labor market is still going strong despite more reports of corporate layoffs. New applications slipped from 186,000 in the previous week, the government said Thursday. Economists polled by … Read more

Okta CEO says layoffs were ‘the last thing I wanted to do’ as company cuts 300 jobs

The wave of software layoffs continued Thursday as Okta Inc. announced that it was cutting 300 jobs. Chief Executive Todd McKinnon disclosed the layoffs, which will affect about 5% of Okta’s OKTA, +4.87% employees, in an email to staffers Thursday that was also posted to the company’s corporate blog. “A workforce reduction like this is … Read more

Rivian to lay off 6% of workforce in EV maker’s second round of job cuts

Rivian Automotive Inc. RIVN, +1.60%  plans to initiate another round of layoffs, the latest in the electric-vehicle startup’s efforts to preserve cash as it confronts challenges scaling its business. In a note to employees sent Wednesday, Chief Executive RJ Scaringe said Rivian plans to trim another 6% of its workforce, mirroring a cut of the same size made last summer in … Read more

Meta stock spikes despite earnings miss, as Facebook hits 2 billion users for first time and sales guidance quells fears

Meta Platforms Inc. shares soared in late trading Wednesday despite an earnings miss, as the Facebook parent company guided for potentially more revenue than Wall Street expected in the new year and promised more share repurchases amid cost cuts. Meta META, +2.79% said it hauled in $32.17 billion in fourth-quarter revenue, down from $33.67 billion … Read more

Intel cuts pay, bonuses and other benefits while maintaining dividend

Intel Corp. continues to cut costs for everything except payments to investors. Intel INTC, +3.18%, which is already in the process of cutting what is believed to be thousands of jobs amid steep declines in profit and revenue, is reducing Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger’s base salary by 25% and trimming other salaries at a descending … Read more

Amazon gets 3 more warehouse-safety citations as OSHA warns company to ‘take these injuries seriously’

The federal government on Wednesday hit Amazon.com Inc. with worker-safety related citations and penalties at three more warehouses, two weeks after issuing citations at the company’s warehouses in three different states. The latest citations are the result of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation of Amazon AMZN, -0.06% warehouses stemming from referrals from the … Read more

Match Group is laying off 8% of its workforce

Match Group Inc. plans to cut its employee base by 8%, the online-dating company disclosed on its earnings call Wednesday. Chief Financial Officer Gary Swidler told investors that Match MTCH, -8.43% has already reduced roles in the U.S., while the “process is ongoing” internationally. “Our cost savings initiatives are focused on rightsizing headcount and reducing … Read more

Splunk to lay off 4% of its staff in latest sign of software cutbacks

Splunk Inc. intends to lay off about 4% of its staff as cutbacks in the software industry intensify. The move will impact about 325 employees at Splunk SPLK, +1.34%, mainly in North America. “This decision is another step in a broader set of proactive organizational and strategic changes that include optimizing our processes, cost structure … Read more

U.S. employment costs jump again and offer little comfort to Fed in inflation battle

The numbers: The employment cost index rose a sharp 1% in the fourth quarter, giving little comfort to a Federal Reserve that worries a rapid rise in wages could make it harder to tame inflation. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a 1.1% increase. Labor costs grew more slowly for the third … Read more