Elon Musk’s SpaceX to lay off 10 per cent of 6000 strong workforce

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​SpaceX will lay off ten per cent of its roughly 6,000 workers, announcing Friday that it needs to become leaner to accomplish ambitious projects such as creating a spaceship that can carry astronauts to Mars.

“This action is taken only due to the extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead and would not otherwise be necessary,” the company said in a statement.

The layoffs were announced to workers in an email from President Gwynne Shotwell, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Elon Musk's Space X company is financially healthy and was recently valued at nearly US $30 billion.

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Elon Musk’s Space X company is financially healthy and was recently valued at nearly US $30 billion.

The email said laid-off employees will be offered at least eight weeks’ pay and other benefits, along with help with finding new jobs, the Times said.

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