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Apple to expand Seattle office to more than 1,000 workers

Apple to expand Seattle office to more than 1,000 workers

Apple Inc said on Thursday it would invest $1 billion to build a second campus in North Austin, Texas and another $10 billion for new data centers over the next five years, as it aims to create 20,000 jobs in the United States.

A company spokesperson declined to say how many people are employed here today, and how many more will be added to Apple's payroll, but graphics included in the news release show there are between 100 and 250 jobs here today.

In his early years running Apple, Cook responded to questions about increasing manufacturing in the U.S.by saying the skill sets in China are more conducive to producing the company's products.

New jobs at Apple's planned Austin outpost will include engineering, research and development, operations, finance sales, and customer support positions. Initially, Apple expects the site to accommodate around 5,000 employees.

Apple announced this morning that it will spend $1 billion to open a new campus in the southern tech hub of Austin, Texas, and that it will open new offices and add 1,000 new jobs each to San Diego, Seattle, and Culver City, California, which is a municipality in the heart of Los Angeles. Its other offices in Seattle, San Diego, and Los Angeles will host almost 1,000 workers initially.

Currently, Apple employs some 6,200 in the Texas capital, the largest cluster outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple plans to create 20,000 new jobs in the U.S.by 2023. Apple's Miami office is projected to double in size.

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The campus will be built in Austin, Texas, down the road from existing company facilities.

Apple CEO Tim Cook presents new products, including new Macbook laptops, during a special event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Oct. 30, 2018, in NY. It also left open the possibility of expanding elsewhere in the United States "over time".

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

"Apple is proud to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin".

"If we did know the answer, we couldn't tell you", he said.

"This shows that a business-friendly state not only offers low taxes and competitive incentives, but is also welcoming to all workers", Straus said. The new campus will have room for about 4,000 employees. Each site will get 25,000 jobs. Over a five year period Apple will invest $10 billion in U.S. data centers, with North Carolina, Arizona, and Nevada sites all expected to expand.