While tech firms like Dell (DELL), HP (HPQ), Yahoo (YHOO), and Motorola (MOT) are cutting back, Apple increased its headcount 48% in fiscal 2008, climbing from 21,600 full time employees to 32,000. Temps and contractors increased from 2,100 to 3,100.
Since Apple opened 50 new stores in 2008 — probably staffing each with around 150 employees — we figure most of those new employees are retail workers, not highly paid engineers.
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