Apple: Sure, We’ll Take Credit For Creating 514,000 U.S Jobs

Apple: Sure, We’ll Take Credit For Creating 514,000 U.S Jobs

Apple said today that it is responsible for creating 514,000 jobs in the U.S. alone. Citing retail, customer support, transportation, healthcare, corporate, manufacturing, and developer jobs that have all been created “through innovation,” Apple claims responsibly for over a half million jobs spanning across 50 states.

Throughout our history, Apple has created entirely new products — and entirely new industries — by focusing on innovation. As a result, we’ve created or supported more than 500,000 jobs for U.S. workers: from the engineer who helped invent the iPad to the delivery person who brings it to your door.

Analysis Group says that Apple has directly or indirectly created 304,000 jobs, including the workers at its new Texas processor plant. The study also says that corning employees in states like Kentucky and New York make the majority of glass panels for the iPhone. 246 Apple retail stores in the U.S help Apple employ more than 47,000 people directly.

The ‘App Economy’ of 210,000 iOS developer jobs also adds to the grand total of 514,000. Apple has paid more than $4 billion to developers since the App Store launched in 2007.

This news from Apple mirrors an earlier report from TechNet saying that the ‘App Economy’ has directly and indirectly created 466,000 U.S jobs.

After all the heated criticism Apple received from poor working conditions in its supply chain overseas, the timing of this report is definitely not coincidental.

  • Jim Ryan

    Created “or supported”, sounds like Obama’s “Created or saved”

    I do believe that they created many jobs, though, but the “supported” is a bit sketchy.

  • mactarkus

    I love these statistics.  I wonder how many people lost their jobs in competing companies due to Apple?  These numbers are meaningless.

  • Brandon Dillon

    Are you kidding me? What is Apple suppose to do? They are a company. Their priority is to make the best product they can to generate profit. They are the best at that. With that said, are they suppose to make lower quality products so that they don’t flourish as a company?

    Unless I misinterpreted your comment, which I do not see any other way to comprehend it, that may be the dumbest comment I’ve read on any blog.

  • twilightmoon

    As opposed to… ?  When was the last time you created an industry that paid developers 4 billion dollars?

    Oh, that’s right you didn’t.

    But feel free to your well earned opinion.

    What exactly is it that you do?

  • AWW

    Apple created jobs by solving problems and creating products with real demand.  To restart our economy we need to focus on solving problems, not simply starting companies.  I’m following a guy in Austin, TX – Andrew West, because he has created economically viable solutions to 5 major problems – from clean energy and agriculture to urban living and education.  
    Have a look: http://www.solutioneur.com

  • AWW

    Apple created jobs by solving problems and creating products with real demand.  To restart our economy we need to focus on solving problems, not simply starting companies.  I’m following a guy in Austin, TX – Andrew West, because he has created economically viable solutions to 5 major problems – from clean energy and agriculture to urban living and education.  
    Have a look: http://www.solutioneur.com

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Alex HeathAlex Heath is a staff writer at Cult of Mac and co-host of the CultCast. He has been quoted by the likes of the BBC, KRON 4 News, and books like "ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation." If you want to pitch a story, share a tip, or just get in touch, additional contact information is available on his personal site. Twitter always works too.

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