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Amazon (AMZN) - Get Inc. Report  plans to boost its already hefty presence in the Austin, Texas area by adding some 800 tech-focused jobs, the company confirmed on Thursday.

First reported by the American-Statesman newspaper, Amazon said in a statement that it plans to house the high-tech positions in a 145,000-square-foot space leased on four floors of so-called Domain 10, a 15-story building located at a business and retail development called the Domain that is currently being built in north Austin. 

Amazon's new office will open next year, with hiring expected to take place over "the next several years," the company said.

Seattle-based Amazon already employs more than 5,600 workers in the Austin area, including some 1,000 corporate-level staff, more than 2,000 at its warehouse in San Marcos and an additional 2,600 through its ownership of Whole Foods, which is based in Austin.

Amazon said the new positions will be focused on software and hardware engineering, research science and cloud computing divisions.

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The announcement follows the recent controversy surrounding Amazon's widely publicized search for a second headquarters, dubbed Amazon HQ2. The company ultimately decided to locate HQ2 in New York and northern Virginia but then pulled the plans for New York amid ongoing political and public backlash.

Amazon said then that the 25,000 jobs it had planned for New York would be spread out throughout its 17 corporate locations in the U.S. and Canada, including Austin.

Amazon shares were little changed on Thursday.

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