Alex Wilhelm writes via TechCrunch: Layoffs in the technology industry have slowed sharply in recent months, bringing the number of jobs lost to tech’s efficiency push to a near stop. According to several services that track layoffs in the tech industry, after reaching a local maximum in January, the number of people laid off had declined by more than 90% by September. What’s more, some tech companies are hiring again to refill some of the roles that they had eliminated mere months ago.

Such a quick shift from mass personnel cuts to more stable employee rolls and even hiring efforts may seem surprising, but it’s been a long time in the making. Data from popular tech industry layoff tracker shows that job cuts have slowed for seven consecutive months this year, plateauing around 10,000 per month from June through August and declining to just over 3,000 so far in

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