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Crypto job losses ease after 13,000 cuts — and Bitcoin ETF euphoria is helping

Crypto job losses ease after 13,000 cuts — and Bitcoin ETF euphoria is helping
A period of heavy layoffs in crypto may finally be stabilising, a DL News data analysis shows. Credit: Rita Fortunato/DL News
  • A DL News data analysis shows more than 13,300 jobs were lost in the last 18 months.
  • Stability in the crypto workforce may be the latest sign market is turning the corner.
  • Binance and OpenSea have been prolific job-slashers.

The number of crypto firms making rounds of job cuts has fallen to just two this month after peaking at 20 last November, according to a DL News data analysis.

The decrease appears to show that crypto enterprises have stabilised in 2023 after enduring the worst bear market in the young sector’s history.

With the expectations mounting for US regulatory approval of a Bitcoin ETF, the crypto market has rallied: Bitcoin has soared 121% this year, and the TVL of DeFi ventures has jumped by a fifth, to $46.4 billion, according to DefiLlama.

Still, the last 18 months have been hard on the ranks of crypto outfits. As many as 13,317 employees were made redundant in 130 companies worldwide, and almost half of those cuts occurred in US firms, according to data from, a research firm.

A dozen companies let go of their full staffs, including Bitwise, Wyre, and WeTrade. In July, Binance cut 1,000 people, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This month, OpenSea, the NFT marketplace, released half of its staff.

Ana Ćurić is DL News’ data correspondent. Have a tip? Contact the author at

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