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Tesla Leads in California Auto Jobs as Toyota Plans Exit

As quietly as one of its electric cars, Tesla Motors Inc. has become the biggest auto-industry employer in California.

Tesla now employs more than 6,000 people in the state, the automaker said, offering the first public snapshot of its workforce this year. That moves the fast-growing company well ahead of Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest automaker, which has 5,300 direct employees in California -- a count set to fall after the Japan-based company said it will move a majority of those jobs to Texas by 2017.