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Google Inc. plans to hire about 6,000 people in 2011, according to news reports on Tuesday.

Though CEO Eric Schmidt, who will vacate the corner office for Larry Page in April, said in the company’s quarterly earnings call that “we will invest in hiring even more product managers and engineers,” in 2011, the company didn’t give specifics about its plans. It told the Associated Press only a bare outline of its plans for the year, but said it would hire more people than in 2007, when it picked up 6,131 employees.

On the company’s official blog, it said that in 2010, it hired 4,500 people. In Pittsburgh, the company has been consistantly hiring since it announced that it would expand its office from a location on the Carnegie Mellon University campus to more than 100,000 square feet in Bakery Square.