At least one big tech name is hiring: Amazon’s quarterly profits plunged 33 percent, but the reasons have to do with rapidly building more fulfillment centers and expanding technology offerings as it continues to staff up. The company added 4,200 full- and part-time employees in the first three months of the year and now has 37,900 employees.
Thousands more people will be “hired,” or, to be more accurate, will be volunteering to become editors at Patch, AOL’s network of hyperlocal news sites. AOL is looking to bring as many as 8,000 unpaid bloggers into its fold to help grow the sites’ editorial efforts quickly. Such a deal.
Have you heard of Spiceworks? This Web-connected social IT management software is used by more than 25 percent of the world’s small and mid-sized business IT professionals, a total of 1.4 million people. Now the company has raised a new round of $25 million in venture capital to go with a previous round of $29 million. The startup plans to roll out group deals, integrated requests for quotes from tech vendors, and the purchasing of IT products and services built directly into the workflow of the application.
And other news from the small-business front: companies with fewer than 500 employees have added an average of 188,000 jobs a month, according to payroll-company Automatic Data Processing. Last year, they added an average of just 68,500 jobs a month.
In an effort to leave its rust-belt image behind, the state of Ohio has launched the biggest intervention in the private economy by a state government since the Great Depression. The state is preparing new industrial parks and high-tech office buildings, loaning money and giving grants to businesses, and subsidizing clean energy, Web sites, nanotechnology and warehouses, among other things. The cost: $1.4 billion, an amount exponentially higher than that being spent by most other states. Ohio has 400 people working on economic development, and it should. The state has lost more than 500,000 in the past decade, most in manufacturing.
Nokia is cutting about 7,000 jobs worldwide as part of a cost-cutting program designed to reverse its declining fortunes. The 12 percent reduction will cut operating costs by $1.47 billion, a 17 percent reduction, by the end of 2012. Nokia said it will eliminate 4,000 jobs, mostly in Britain, Denmark and Finland, and transfer 3,000 employees responsible for its Symbian operating system to Accenture. The figure excludes Navteq, a U.S. mapping data company Nokia owns, but it’s unclear whether Nokia’s R&D facility in San Diego will be affected.
Meanwhile, Panasonic is cutting 17,000 jobs, or four percent of its 280,000-person workforce. The restructuring is a result of a strong yen, strong competition in television sales, and the recent earthquake and tsunami.
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