Apple Inc. is literally doubling down on Seattle.
The tech giant said it would expand to 2,000 workers in Seattle, twice as many as it announced in December. Apple currently employs 500 here.
“Apple’s significant expansion in downtown underscores the growth of our technology sector and reinforces the confidence employers have in Seattle as a place to attract and retain top talent,” said Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association. “Apple’s growth in Seattle will further strengthen Seattle’s global position in the 21st century economy.”
Apple joins Google, Facebook and other large tech companies expanding in the region. More than 100 tech companies have opened satellite offices here to take advantage of a sizzling tech scene created largely by Microsoft and Amazon.
Apple plans to add 200 new employees by the end of the year. It currently has more than 50 openings in Seattle, according to IEEE JobSite, including for software systems engineers and research scientists.
Last December, Apple announced plans to build a new, $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, while also ramping up hiring in several cities, including Seattle, San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado. It said at the time that it planned to expand to more than 1,000 employees in Seattle.
Apple will expand at the 333 Dexter Building in South Lake Union, a 660,000-square-foot project developed by Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty, whose Pacific Northwest headquarters are in Bellevue.
Scholes notes that Seattle now has more than 314,000 jobs in the greater downtown area, a 40 percent increase from 2010.
“Downtown is viewed now as the ultimate office amenity,” Scholes said.