Apple Inc.


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said it would build a new campus and engineering hub in North Carolina as part of a series of investments planned in the U.S. over the next five years.

The technology giant said Monday the move would create at least 3,000 jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering and other fields in the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area.

Those new jobs were part of a pledge to add 20,000 jobs in the U.S. by 2026, up from the roughly 95,000 people employed currently. Apple said in January 2018 it had 84,000 people in its U.S. workforce.

The Cupertino, Calif., company had been in talks three years ago to locate a facility in North Carolina and state officials had approved economic incentives to support the development opportunity. But later that year the company announced a plan to locate a campus in Austin, Texas. Employees are expected to begin moving to the Austin site next year, Apple said.

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Apple would join other technology companies such as International Business Machines Corp.’s Red Hat,

Cisco Systems Inc.

and Epic Games Inc. in having major technical hubs in the Raleigh area.

The move also reflects a yearslong push among tech giants based in Silicon Valley and along the West Coast to locate facilities and seek talent in other parts of the country.

Amazon.com Inc.

is building its second headquarters facility in Northern Virginia and has been expanding employment in cities such as New York and Phoenix.

Tesla Inc.

is building a new automobile factory in Austin, a region where companies including

Facebook Inc.

and

Alphabet Inc.’s

Google have located campuses.

Apple said Monday it planned to expand its workforce in California, Colorado and Massachusetts among other locations.

In all, Apple said it planned to spend more than $430 billion through 2026 with American suppliers, data-center investments, capital expenditures and dozens of Apple TV+ productions, among others. Investments through a fund the company launched in 2017 have gone to support companies such as

XPO Logistics Inc.,

Corning Inc.

and

II-VI Inc.

across the country, it said. Part of the spending will also go toward next-generation silicon development and 5G technology, the company said.

Apple, which has the largest market capitalization among public companies world-wide, has previously made announcements on its spending and investment plans. In 2018, the company set a five-year target to contribute more than $350 billion to the U.S. economy—a figure that included spending on parts and services with suppliers, federal tax payments and capital expenditures.

Monday, the company said it had significantly outpaced that target, though it didn’t provide specifics. It also said it was the nation’s largest taxpayer over the past five years, having paid almost $45 billion in domestic corporate income taxes.

Write to Dave Sebastian at [email protected]

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