Apple has announced that it will create over 500 new jobs in Cork, Ireland, in a move that should help lift some of the economic gloom in the nation.
A spokesperson for the firm, which is currently one of the world's richest companies, sitting on a cash-pile of almost $100bn, said that the move would help support its ongoing work in the city.
"Apple has been in Cork for over 30 years and we are thrilled to be expanding our presence there. Our plans will add over 500 new jobs to support our growing business across Europe," they said.
The firm did not say in which areas the jobs would be created. At present the firm has almost 3,000 jobs based in Cork, not including the new roles that will be created.
Ireland has been hit hard by the volatile worldwide economic fluctuations affecting markets, having been bailed out by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in late 2010 and currently facing an unemployment rate of 14.3 per cent.
The employment announcement is better news for Apple in the labour market, having had its request to have a lawsuit in to its hiring policies thrown out rejected in California, alongside Google, Intel and other major companies involved.
Apple clearly has plans to increase its spending in other areas, though, after it announced earlier this week that it has plans to build a new datacentre facility in Oregon that would be powered entirely by green technologies.
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