Apple has posted the results of a study that found that Apple is responsible for creating and/or supporting some 514,000 jobs in the U.S. alone—in other words, this figure does not include the hundreds of thousands of people who actually make Apple’s products in Asia. The U.S. jobs figure includes Apple’s own employees, the app economy, construction jobs for Apple’s building projects, and jobs at Apple’s U.S. suppliers and transportation partners.
Apple Jobs Graphic
The data is based on a report from Analysis Group, whom Apple commissioned to conduct the study. That study found that Apple was directly responsible for 304,000 jobs in the U.S., with another 210,000 jobs being generated by the so-called “App Economy.”
Apple said that it is employing full time employees in all 50 states in the U.S.—the company didn’t mention the District of Columbia, but it does have Apple Stores in the District, as well. All told, Apple claims 47,000 in the U.S. and 257,000 jobs at other companies that support Apple.
“This figure 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,” Apple said.
Of Apple’s 47,000 direct jobs in the U.S.—those people who can call themselves Apple employees—27,350 are U.S. retail employees. That makes some 19,650 jobs in engineering, software development, management, sales, support, and other corporate jobs.
The company said it added 7,800 jobs in the U.S. on 2011, while 19,500 positions have been added since 2008. Going back to 2002, Apple said it employed only 10,000 people in the U.S.
Another interesting tidbit from the report is the fact that while Apple has 47,000 employees in the U.S., there are another 50,000 people working for companies that directly support Apple. These positions include construction jobs, catering, consultants, and other services the companies looks to third party companies to perform.
Apple also bragged about the jobs it has kept in the U.S. to provide support to its customers. The company said it maintains 21 call centers in 15 states, and that it employees 7,700 “AppleCare Advisors” to provide that support, and another 2,000 home-based Advisors.
“Relocating our call centers overseas to places like India would reduce our costs by 50 percent or more,” Apple said. “But we keep these jobs in the U.S. because it helps us deliver a better customer experience. It’s also an important reason why Apple’s technical support has led the industry for more than a decade.”
Apple’s Numbers at a Glance
304,000 current U.S. jobs supported by Apple
The App Economy
Jobs at Apple
Apple Retail Jobs
U.S.-Based Customer Support