Apple plans to add 2,000 jobs in Seattle

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Apple is planning to expand its presence in Seattle, hiring an additional 2,000 new hires over the course of the next five years, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in a statement on Monday.

Apple will be leasing out two 12-story buildings at 222 Dexter Ave. that includes 19,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The VP of global real estate and development for Apple Kristina Raspe says Engineering positions will include "hardware, software technologies, and services", adding that she would like potential employees in Seattle to call them.

Durkan acknowledged the rising cost of housing in Seattle - blamed by many on the boom in technology jobs here - and vowed to respond to the problem as Apple and other tech companies build a larger presence in the city.

An initial 200 people will be employed this year.

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The expansion will allow Seattle to become Apple's engineering hub with new positions spread-out across many specialty engineering fields, according to Raspe.

As per sources close to the matter, the conference where Apple made this announcement was held at 333 Dexter and the same property which covers an area of 650,000 square feet and has 2 twelve-story towers, will become the new Seattle office of Apple. The property's towers are LEED platinum certified for sustainability and will be powered by cent percent renewable energy. The location neighbours Amazon's headquarters in the South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle. Apple's office buildings will be just 500 yards from Seattle's Space Needle.

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images In December, Apple announced a major expansion of its operations in Austin, and plans to establish new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City. "Apple's expanded footprint in Seattle is another example of the growing opportunity that exists for residents of Seattle and the economic powerhouse our city has become".

"We know that we also have to increase a lot of things in this city for it to work", Durkan said, acknowledging that innovation for more affordable housing and improved public transit are both vital.

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