The Boeing Co. continues hiring at a steady pace in Washington as jetliner orders continue to pour in.
As of the end of April, the company had 74,971 on its Evergreen State payrolls. That’s 875 more than Boeing’s Washington workforce was at the end of January.
For most other companies, such an increase would be a spectacular addition, but for Boeing, the increases are fairly conservative considering how the payroll during other boom times in the aerospace business increased.
Just before the turn to the 21st century, Boeing had more than 100,000 workers on its Washington payrolls. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, those payrolls dropped nearly 40 percent here.
If airliner orders continue at their present pace — the company has won more than 400 orders through the end of May — the company will add more than 900 planes to its backlog this year.
Boeing already has enough airliners on back order to keep its Washington production lines moving at the present pace for up to seven years without another order in the interim.
The fuel crisis is causing some airlines to postpone orders, but the company’s conservation production pace can be sustained for years even if orders begin melting away.