Apple has created more than 2 million jobs in U.S.

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Apple's new minisite emphasizes its role in job creation.
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Apple may be the world’s most valuable tech company, but it’s also a major contribution to the U.S. jobs market. And it wants you to know about it!

In a newly-launched website, Apple shares some details about the “two million … and counting” jobs in the United States that it has created across the country.

“The numbers tell the story,” it notes. Here are just a few of them:

  • Last year, Apple spent more than $50 billion with over 9,000 U.S. suppliers and manufacturers.
  • Since the App Store launched back in 2008, U.S. developers have earned over $16 billion in App Store sales worldwide.
  • 80,000 people are directly employed by Apple, 450,000 jobs exist through U.S.-based Apple suppliers, while 1,530,000 U.S. job are in some way attributable to the App Store ecosystem.
  • There has been a 1,500 percent increase in Apple’s U.S. employees since 1998. (That’s the year Apple released its breakthrough iMac G3 computer.)
  • Through its assorted data centers, logistics hubs etc., Apple has key investments in places like Austin, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; Maiden, North Carolina; Prineville, Oregon; and Reno, Nevada.

You can check out more details of Apple’s contribution to the jobs market on its new dedicated webpage. It also has a link to Apple’s employment page if you’re in the market for being its 2-million-and-first employee.

Apple’s new website went live shortly following an interview Tim Cook gave with Mad Money‘s Jim Cramer yesterday. During the interview, Cook said that Apple is making a $1 billion investment aimed at boosting high-tech manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

“We asked ourselves, ‘How can we get more people to do advanced manufacturing in the United States?’” Cook said. “And I’m proud to tell you that we’re creating an advanced manufacturing fund. We’re initially putting $1 billion in the fund.” Cook said that Apple will announce its first investment from the $1 billion fund later in May.

Apple has sometimes been criticized for its business practices, most notably by President Donald Trump during his election campaign — during which he took potshots at Apple for using manufacturers in places like China, rather than in the United States.