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Hiring in Detroit: GM moves 1,500 IT jobs back home

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After years of outsourcing information technology jobs, one of the world's largest automakers, GM announced it will hire 1,500 high-tech workers over the next few years in suburban Detroit.

This "Innovation Center" in Warren, Michigan is one of four planned in the United States that will employ an estimated 10,000 workers. The other, announced last month, will be in Austin, Texas. The locations of the other two have yet to be announced.

“We’re currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive innovation at GM,” said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott.

The plan to move IT jobs back to Detroit is part of a larger initiative by the company to reduce outsourcing of IT services by 90 percent. As Reuters reports, GM will also reduce its data centers from 23 worldwide to two, both in Michigan.

Whether this move will make GM a leader in auto tech is yet to be seen, but the company says it expects to see operational cost decrease while innovation increases.

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— By on October 8, 2012, 10:56 PM PST

Tyler Falk

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Tyler Falk freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure