Bloodiest tech industry layoffs of 2014, so far

Microsoft leads the way, but has plenty of company on jobs cut front


The latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers are positive: nonfarm payroll employment rose by nearly 300,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. Separately, IT careers market watcher Foote Partners reported in its most recent quarterly findings that average pay is up for IT pros with key certified and noncertified skills. Yet the masses still need to make room for some of the big tech companies to bring in workers with hotter skills and of course to overpay their higher-ups, so it’s not as if IT pros and those working for computing/networking companies haven’t lost jobs this year, too.

Here’s a look at 2014’s most notable tech industry layoffs (check out the 2013 layoffs list here).