Google will spend $7 billion to expand its office space and data centers this year, including a $1-billion investment in space in California, the company has announced.
The new offices will house some of the 10,000 new employees the company will hire as the economy recovers, it said.
Google’s workforce numbered more than 135,000 worldwide in 2020, according to parent company Alphabet.
The plan focuses on expanding existing space but also will open new sites in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Texas, growing its footprint to 19 states.
Google will add thousands of jobs at its locales in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Last year, Google deferred workers’ return to their offices until July 2021. It now expects employees back in their cubicles this fall on a schedule that keeps them working at home two days each week.
“Coming together to collaborate and build community is core to Google’s culture,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an 18 March blog post, “and it will be an important part of our future.”
TRENDPOST: More important than Google gobbling up office space is to understand the sheer size of this monopoly “Alphabet” that rules much of the Internet world. Thus, as “average” employers are cutting back, the Bigs keep growing bigger. 

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