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 |  May 17 2014, 9:02 AM

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Tesla is now California’s top automotive employer automotive brand, taking the title from Toyota.

With over 6,000 employees in the state, Tesla’s staff size is greater than Toyota’s. Of course, Toyota’s numbers won’t matter soon as the Japanese automaker is moving its headquarters to Texas. But according to the American electric automaker, it plans on adding another 500 jobs by year’s end in California, as it continues to grow at a rapid pace.

SEE ALSO: Toyota Moving US Headquarters to Texas

It isn’t just the auto industry that Tesla is trumping with its California employees. At the end of last year, Tesla had 5,800 employees worldwide, with about 90 percent of those in California. According to recent filings, Twitter has 3,000 employees worldwide while Facebook nears the 7,000 mark. Nestle Inc. is among one of the top private job providers with 20,000 in-state workers.

The news comes as Toyota announces its intention to move its U.S. headquarters to Texas, as California has become notorious for its relatively high labor and energy costs along with its stiff environmental guidelines for new manufacturing facilities. Tesla is currently the only publicly listed company making vehicles in California.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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  • Timothy Thompson

    Lets not forget it’s the most expensive electric car on the road and frankly I’m not impressed that every 289 miles or so you have to find a recharging station. Your trips are planned around finding those stations that can charge you in an hour. If you have several cars waiting to charge before you how much time can you wait before your trip can continue. I for one would rather have a diesel engine my Volkwagen gets almost 500 miles on a 12 gallon tank of fuel and no waiting in lines to fill er up.