Apple an employment powerhouse? The San Jose Mercury News reported on claims by Apple that it has directly or indirectly created 514,000 jobs in the United States through its gadget ecosystem.
The company, which used data crunched from economists at the Analysis Group, placed the job creation in two categories.
The first comprised 304,000 jobs, including software engineers working at the Cupertino, California, company's campus, workers in Texas who manufacture processors for Apple devices, Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who make glass for the iPhone, and United Parcel Service and FedEx workers who deliver its products to customers.
The second category comprised 210,000 independent app developer positions that exist as a result of the company's iPhone and iPad devices. Separately, the company said it has generated more than US$4bn in business for developers who make apps for the iPhone and iPad.
"Throughout our history, Apple has created entirely new products - and entirely new industries - by focusing on innovation," the company said on its website. "As a result, we've created or supported more than 500,000 jobs for US workers: from the engineer who helped invent the iPad to the delivery person who brings it to your door." -- SiliconRepublic