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.