Lyft to slow hiring, assess budget cuts

Ride-hailing firm Lyft Inc said that it would slowdown hiring and assess budget cuts in some departments, joining rival Uber Technologies Inc in attempting to rein in costs. Lyft said no employee layoffs are planned and added it would grant special stock options to eligible employees.

The company gave a statement that they are also being responsible about costs and will significantly slow hiring. Shares of Lyft have tumbled nearly 61% this year amid broader declines in tech stocks and closed down 17.2%.

Earlier this month, Uber’s Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said the company would scale back hiring and reduce expenditure on its marketing and incentive activities.

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