HP fails to hire 1,300 employees

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Politicians hailed the deal to bring Hewlett Packard to Rio Rancho as a huge success. Now it appears HP will have to pay back some of the money used to lure the company here because it’s not hiring nearly as many workers as promised.

Five years ago, the state ponied up $20 million in incentives — Rio Rancho $2 million — to convince HP to set up a massive customer service center.

More than 1,300 employees were supposed to be hired by now, but only 800 were on the job last year.

Because of that, Rio Rancho is asking for some of the incentive money back, starting with $60,000.

HP has been struggling, laying off more than 30,000 workers worldwide because of the continuing drop in PC sales.

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