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Boeing keeps hiring and hiring

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Oct. 15, 2007 at 6:02 am |
October 15, 2007 6:02 am

Boeing employment in Washington has risen by an average of 521 workers a month in 2007.


The company’s total employment in the state has jumped to 72,740 at the end of September, Boeing figures show.


That compares with 68,570 at the end of January.


While for most companies a 500-plus employment increase per month would be astronomical, for Boeing, given its formerly wild hiring binges, its evidence of a more controlled and moderate growth rate.


In June 1998, for instance, Boeing employed some 104,000 workers here. By the end of December here, it had laid off 5,560 of those workers.


The company reached a 21st century low here in June of 2004, when employment in the Evergreen State fell to 52,763, 19,977 fewer than worked for the Big B at the end of last month.


After the 9-11 terrorist attacks, Boeing laid off some 30,000-plus workers here because of the precipitous drop in aircraft orders and deliveries.


Credit the rising numbers to record orders the last two years, research and development work on the 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 Intercontinental and a healthy burst of activity on the Navy’s P-8A maritime patrol craft, a militarized version of the 737.


Boeing by the numbers in Washington:


End of September 2007 72,740

End of January 2007 68,570

Difference 4,170


June 1, 1998 104,000

June 3, 2004 52,763


Go here for a Table of Boeing 2007 employment growth

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