Apple hiring in Austin since August jumped 76%

Apple hiring in Austin since August jumped 76%

Tech giant Apple announced today it plans to invest $1 billion in a new Austin campus.

CNBC has learned that Apple is also thinking of investing $10 billion in US data centers in the next five years.

Apple said on Thursday that the new campus in Austin initially will have 5,000 employees but could grow to 15,000.

Apple will also set up sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California and hire over 1,000 employees each in these locations, while also expanding operations in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado over the next three years.

Apple is planning to employ more than 1,000 workers in Seattle by 2022 as part of a national expansion, the company announced Thursday.

There are already 6,000 Apple employees in Austin, its largest operation outside of company headquarters in Cupertino, California, where 37,000 people are employed.

Welcoming news of the expansion, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, "I thank Apple for this tremendous investment in Texas, and I look forward to building upon our strong partnership to create an even brighter future for the Lone Star State".

Earlier this year, Daily Hive reported that Apple had leased 60,000-sq-ft of office space within the under-construction 400 West Georgia Street tower in downtown Vancouver.

Apple is building a new $1 billion campus in Austin
Apple announces $1 billion campus in Texas, part of plan to create 20,000 US jobs by 2023

The campus will be built in Austin, Texas, down the road from existing company facilities. The facility will be about a mile down the road from established facilities.

For its expansion in Austin, Apple is getting some incentives in the form of a $25 million grant from the state and tax abatements amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to Ina Fried of Axios.

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It was just last month that Amazon said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Va.

In January, when Apple announced plans to expand, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would compete for the company.

This isn't the first time this year that Austin has beaten out the Triangle for a significant economic development project.

Apple's search was less high-profile than Amazon's, which turned into a bidding war as cities tried to woo the online merchant with robust incentive packages. We're excited they are bringing more middle-skilled jobs to the area. "It's a bummer to not get the marquee ones, but the jobs are still coming here, the companies are still coming here, there's still real growth".

Although the notoriously secretive company declined to provide details on its presence in the city, public records and past statements shine some light on Apple's footprint. It also plans to invest $4.5 billion in data centers like those in Nevada, North Carolina, and Arizona this year and next.

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