The retail arm of the company now employs 14,000 full-time equivalent workers, down from 15,600 at the end of Apple's first fiscal quarter, according to a filing with the SEC. Reports surfaced late last year that Apple was looking into ways to reduce the number of hours worked by part-time employees as a hedge against a coming recession.The report also noted that Apple opened only one new retail store during the quarter. The new store is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Update: We failed to stress in the original article that the numbers are "full-time equivalents", meaning that several part-time employees would be counted as one full-time employment. The decline in full-time equivalents appears to have been primarily due to Apple scaling back the hours of its part time employees and not through any layoffs.