SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google plans to hire more than 6,200 workers this year in the biggest expansion yet by the Internet’s most profitable company.

While President Barack Obama is expected to encourage more hiring by businesses during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, it is not yet clear how investors will react.

Google Inc. work force grew by 23 percent last year and some investors may be leery of expansion plans that could crimp earnings.

The company outlined its plans Tuesday with The Associated Press without providing specifics beyond its pledge to hire more people than it did 2007 when it added 6,131 workers. Google began this year with 24,400 employees.

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Comments (3)
  1. CA562DUDE says:

    What’s the Point, then by X-mas etc.. they will annouce a Massive Lays Off …

  2. rjsmitty says:

    Google to hire 1,000 in EuropeOutgoing Google chief executive Eric Schmidt announces aggressive expansion after fourth-quarter profits of $2.54bn
    Share43 Comments (20) Mark Sweney guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 January 2011 15.16 GMT Article history
    Eric Schmidt … Google heavyweight. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
    The outgoing chief executive of Google, Eric Schmidt, has announced a plan to hire more than 1,000 staff over the coming year to boost its European operation.
    The recruitment plan is aggressive, amounting to an increase of almost 20% on Google’s existing 5,000 staff across Europe, the Middle East and Africa