Wednesday, 04 November 2020 19:35

Tesla Projected to Create 15,000 Jobs at Giga Texas, Exceeding Estimates

Written by Maria Merano, Teslarati
Tesla Projected to Create 15,000 Jobs at Giga Texas, Exceeding Estimates Joe Tegtmeyer/YouTube


Tesla is projected to create 15,000 new jobs from its Gigafactory in Austin, TX.

In June, Tesla proposed that Giga Texas would bring “5,000 middle-skill jobs that fit a targeted economic development need.” The EV automaker also stated its Austin-based Gigafactory would generate another 4,000 new jobs indirectly by building Giga Texas.


In total, Tesla estimated Giga Texas would bring 9,000 new jobs into the state. However, panelists at the second annual East Austin Growth Summit estimated that Tesla’s Gigafactory in Texas could bring closer to 15,000 jobs.


Ed Latson, executive director of the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, explained Giga Texas could generate up to 15,000 jobs because of the scope of Tesla’s operations.


According to the Austin Business Journal, panelists at the summit stated the supply companies Giga Texas would attract to the region could generate more jobs than Tesla initially estimated in its proposal.


As an example, Latson brought up the dozens of suppliers that followed Tesla to Nevada when it opened its Gigafactory near Reno. “That’s where the major multiplier effect of their impact is going to happen,” Latson said.


“They have a reputation of wanting their suppliers close to them, and they’re going to make that request for critical suppliers. So, I wouldn’t be shocked if we had 50-plus companies move here to support this facility. My hope is that those 50 come but that they also find another 50 that are already here.”


Giga Texas would be directly responsible for some of the new jobs openings. Tesla posted jobs for Gigafactory Texas as early as August. At the time the EV manufacturer posted positions for...

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