The pandemic may have disrupted hiring patterns in tech and pushed some workers out of coastal metropolitan areas.
But Google continues to grow rapidly in Washington state, according to a new economic analysis released by the search giant today.
According to the report, Google now employs more than 7,200 full-time workers in Washington state, most of whom are based in engineering centers in Seattle and Kirkland.
Just before the pandemic when Google opened its South Lake Union cloud engineering building, the company employed more than 4,500 people in the Seattle area. And last year in a similar report the company said there were 6,300 full-time workers in the state.
Last month, Google implemented a new hybrid work model for most of its Seattle and Kirkland employees to report to offices three days a week.
The numbers are part of a larger US economic impact analysis released by Google in which the company said it invested $37 billion in offices and data centers over the past five years in 26 states. It added 40,000 full-time workers during that period and announced plans to create at least 12,000 new jobs this year.
Google was one of the first Silicon Valley tech giants to set up an engineering center in the Seattle area, tapping into the rich technical talent of nearby companies such as Expedia, Microsoft and Amazon. It established its area technology center in Kirkland in 2004, and now there are more than 100 engineering centers in the Seattle area — operated by tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Salesforce.
Google said in its report that its presence helps provide $32.88 billion in economic activity in Washington state. Google’s Seattle campus is the company’s second-largest engineering center outside of the San Francisco Vay area.
The company employed 156,500 employees at the end of 2021.
UPDATEGoogle plans to officially open the first phase of its Kirkland urban campus project on Thursday with remarks from Governor Jay Inslee and Representative Suzan DelBene. The new campus will add an additional 760,000 square feet of space to the company’s footprint in the Seattle area.