Google will invest $7 billion in offices and data centres across the US this year, down from the $10 billion last year, and it will create 10,000 new jobs as it takes on a pandemic-driven surge in internet traffic. Sundar Pichai said, the company will invest over $1 billion in its home state of California.
Google had 1,35,300 employees at the end of 2020. The latest investment includes expansion plans for data centers in Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas, and its offices in Atlanta, D.C., Washington, Chicago and New York.
Sundar Pichai said Google wants to be a part of America’s economic recovery from the pandemic and is investing in some communities that are new to the company, as well as expanding in others across 19 states.
In a very interesting move, Sundar Pichai previously said he’d be “flexible” with its workers and offer a “hybrid” model that will include a blend of both remote and in-office methods of working.
“We firmly believe that in-person, being together, having a sense of community is super important when you have to solve hard problems and create something new so we don’t see that changing,” said Sundar Pichai.
The Google CEO also added the company also wants to be a part of that recovery. “This will help bring more jobs and investment to diverse communities as part of our previously announced racial equity commitments,” said Sundar Pichai.
The news comes with Big Tech firms under scrutiny by antitrust enforcers for their growing dominance of key economic sectors, which has increased during the pandemic as more people turn to online services.
However, Antitrust actions against Google have been filed in the US and elsewhere. This was updated news about Google jobs in US 2-021.