Apple says it has created or supported more than 500,000 jobs for U.S. workers, citing a study by the Analysis Group. The study found that Apple has directly or indirectly created 304,000 U.S. jobs. 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.
Analysis Group analyzed Apple’s impact on the U.S. job market and economy by using information on the total amount Apple spent on goods and services in the U.S. in 2011 and applying that information to standard Type 1 employment multipliers developed by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. These numbers do not include an estimated 187,000 additional jobs that have resulted from the increased spending of individuals and households whose income is directly or indirectly tied to Apple’s economic activity.
With more than 550,000 apps and more than 24 billion downloads in less than four years, the App Store has created an entirely new industry – iOS app design and development, says Apple. The app revolution has added more than 210,000 iOS jobs to the U.S. economy since the introduction of iPhone in 2007.
A 2012 study by TechNet found that the app economy added 466,000 jobs overall to the U.S. economy. Using the same keyword search methodology employed by the study’s authors at the time of its release, the study says it found that 45 percent of job postings in the app economy are specifically tied to iPhone and iOS, indicating that at least 210,000 jobs are driven by the iOS app economy. Apple has paid more than $4 billion in royalties to developers through the App Store.
The number of Apple jobs based in the U.S. has more than quadrupled over the past decade, from less than 10,000 employees in 2002 to more than 47,000 today, says the company. That number more than doubles again when vendors that employ more than 50,000 people who directly support Apple are included.
Apple’s 246 retail stores in the U.S. average over 100 employees each — the majority of whom are full-time employees. But unlike most retailers, Apple says it does not rely on seasonal hiring. Part-time Apple Store employees are eligible for the same benefits as its full-time staff, including health insurance and the employee stock purchase plan.
U.S. jobs supported by Apple:
- 47,000 jobs at Apple
- 257,000 jobs at other companies, in fields that include the development and manufacturing of components, materials, and equipment; professional, scientific, and technical services; consumer sales; transportation; business sales and healthcare.
The App Economy
- 210,000 iOS app economy jobs in the U.S.
- 248,000 registered iOS developers in the U.S.
- 5000+ iOS developer jobs available now on job search aggregator Indeed.com
- $4 billion paid to Apple developers from App Store sales
Jobs at Apple
- 70,000 employees worldwide
- 47,000 in the U.S., two-thirds of worldwide headcount
- 7,800 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
Apple Retail Stores
- 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
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