Tesla Motors: California’s Biggest Automotive Employer

When thinking about the automotive industry and America many people think about Detroit. But with cars becoming more like computers on wheels another contender is appearing in people’s minds: California, the sunny west-coast State with all the computer geeks.

As any fan of electric cars will know, California is the base of Tesla Motors [NASDAQ: TLSA] and this past week, as reported by Bloomberg, the silicon valley automotive startup became the State’s biggest automotive employer.

Tesla employes 6500 people in California. Many in their Fremont factory.

Tesla employes 6000 people in California. Many in their Fremont factory.

Tesla now employs more than 6000 people overtaking the previous company that held this title, Toyota, that employs 5300 people. Add to this that Tesla has no issues finding people who want to work for them – a job fair they help in the past two weeks brought the local traffic infrastructure to a standstill – giving them the ability to pick and choose from the best of the best.

In terms of scale against other California technology companies, Tesla is holding their own in terms of employment. Twitter employs 3000 people worldwide while Facebook employes around 7000.

Tesla is only set to expand over the coming months and years, with the Model X going into production at some point this year and the Gigafactory planned to break ground by the end of the year. Both of these projects will require more staff, especially the Gigafactory which it is estimated could need up to 6500 employees alone.

The Gigafactory could employ up to 6500 people on its own, doubling Tesla's current employment level.

The Gigafactory could employ up to 6500 people on its own, doubling Tesla’s current employment level.

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