Apple Inc. stated that it would build a new campus and engineering hub in North Carolina as part of a series of investments planned in the US over the next five years.
The technology behemoth stated on Monday that 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 US by 2026, up from roughly 95,000 people currently employed. Apple stated that in January 2018 it had 84,000 people in its US workforce.
The Cupertino, Calif., company had been in talks in 2018 to locate a facility in North Carolina. Later that year the company revealed a plan to locate a campus in Austin, Texas. Employees are expected to start moving to the Austin area by next year.
Apple would join other tech 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.