Microsoft’s fiscal 2012 is officially in the books, with the company reporting results yesterday for the year ended June 30.

The company’s numbers show that it added nearly 3,900 jobs over the past year. The increase of 4.2 percent brings its direct employment to 94,290 people, a new high.

It’s the largest growth in Microsoft’s employment since 2009, when the company made its first widespread layoffs in the midst of the recession.

But the return to growth mode might not be so obvious in the Seattle region.

Most of the jobs, more than 2,700 of them, were added outside the United States, according to figures made public by the company.

The growth was due in part to Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Luxembourg-based Skype, which had about 800 employees prior to the announcement of the Microsoft deal. The Skype deal closed in October, during Microsoft’s 2012 fiscal year.

Microsoft’s direct employment in the Seattle region rose in fiscal 2012 by 400 people, to 40,854.

The numbers released by the company don’t include contractors who work on projects for Microsoft through third-party employment agencies — a big number that the company doesn’t report publicly.

Google added a large number of employees in the recent quarter, thanks to its acquisition of Motorola. Amazon, which has been growing at a rapid pace, reports its quarterly numbers next week.

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  • guest

    Google is still growing at healthy rates. MS isn’t.

  • guest

    Sadly it didn’t include the one job they desperately need to fill: Ballmer’s replacement.

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