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Apple takes credit for over half a million U.S. jobs

Apple posted a new page today on its website outlining how the company is “creating jobs through innovation.” To be exact, Apple said it “created or supported” approximately 514,000 U.S. jobs. About 304,000 (47,000 at Apple) are in fields such as engineering, manufacturing, and transportation, and 210,000 are attributed to the iOS app economy. The numbers mirror our recent report discussing how jobs created by the iOS app economy are often overlooked during discussions about low-wage jobs in China. The company clearly wants to highlight its contributions to jobs created stateside. Apple explained:

A study by Analysis Group found that Apple has directly or indirectly created 304,000 U.S. jobs.*These jobs — spread across all 50 states — include thousands of jobs in numerous industries, from the people who create components for our products to the people who build the planes and trucks that carry them to our customers. For example, this figure also includes workers in Texas who manufacture processors for iOS products, Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone, and FedEx and UPS employees. Together with the 210,000 iOS jobs generated by the app economy, these 304,000 jobs make a total of 514,000 U.S. jobs created or supported by Apple.

Apple broke down some of the numbers when it comes to the iOS app economy specifically. While noting the App Store now includes over 550,000 apps with more than 24 billion downloads in less than 4 years, Apple said the ecosystem is now home to over 248,000 registered iOS developers in the U.S. Apple also claimed approximately 210,000 iOS jobs were created in the U.S. since 2007 based on a TechNet study from 2012. Moreover, App Store developers have been paid over $4 billion. Apple further highlighted the growing app economy by mentioning there are over 5,000 iOS dev jobs on

The new page also discussed numbers for jobs specifically at Apple, which grew from 10,000 U.S.-based jobs in 2002 to over 47,000 in 2012. Here are the numbers:

  • 70,000 employees worldwide
  • 47,000 in the U.S., two-thirds of worldwide headcount
  • 7800 U.S. jobs created in 2011
  • 19,500 U.S. jobs added since 2008
  • 7000 construction jobs projected to build Apple’s new Cupertino campus
  • 50 states with full-time Apple employees

Numbers for the company’s 246 retail stores wrap-up the report:

  • 27,350 U.S. retail employees
  • 246 U.S. stores in 44 states
  • 100+ locally hired employees per store on average
  • 4000 retail employees in the Greater New York area
  • 3500 U.S. retail employees who have worked at Apple stores for more than five years
  • 20,000 construction-related jobs created to build Apple stores in the U.S. since 2001

You can check out Apple’s full “Creating jobs through innovation” page here.

(via AllThingsD)

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