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Elon Musk clarifies Tesla headcount only increasing this year after saying cuts would come to salaried employees


Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will be boosting headcount over the next year though salaried staff should be “fairly flat.”

Musk tweeted this shortly after a Reuters report on an email he sent late last week laying out that he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and would need to cut about 10% of salaried staff. The email, which was sent to executives, also instructed them to “pause all hiring worldwide.”

In a separate email, Musk also clarified that "hourly headcount will increase."

"Note, this does not apply to anyone actually building cars, battery packs or installing solar," Musk wrote in the email.

Earlier this year, Tesla celebrated the grand opening of its headquarters at Giga Texas and Musk had touted how it’d bring thousands of jobs to Central Texas.

On Friday, President Joe Biden commented on Musk’s consideration of cuts to salaried staff and noted Ford’s investment in the Midwest of adding union employees and building electric vehicles.

“So, you know, lots of luck on his trip to the moon,” Biden said of Musk.


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.