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BlockFi, Slash Jobs as Market Meltdown Worries Swirl

  • BlockFi is cutting its headcount by 20%, by 5%
  • Other crypto companies like Gemini are also cutting staff
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Crypto Plunges as Lender Celsius Freezes Withdrawals

Two big names in crypto are cutting jobs as the digital currency market continues to spiral downward. Crypto lending platform BlockFi Inc. said Monday that it will reduce its headcount by about 20%, while digital currency exchange announced a 5% cut on Friday.

The layoffs are yet another sign of trouble for the once white-hot crypto industry. Celsius, another top crypto lending platform, said Sunday that it was pausing withdrawals, swaps and transfers following weeks of speculation that it would be unable to pay out the significant returns promised on its products. Earlier this month, crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co. said it plans to slash 10% of its staff and Coinbase Global Inc. also announced that it is rescinding job offers and freezing hiring.