With so much scrutiny focused on overseas factories – Foxconn in particular – little regard has been given to Apple’s massive U.S. job creation. So in an effort to distract media attention, Apple has created a new page titled “Creating jobs through innovation,” where the company gives a detailed breakdown of just how many people in the U.S. rely on the company for employment.
In a study by Analysis Group, it was concluded that with engineering, manufacturing, transportation, app development, and Apple’s own workforce, the company supports 514,000 jobs across all 50 states.
From the above image, over 200,000 iOS-related jobs have been created since 2007, with $4 billion in royalties paid to date. There are also over 47,000 Americans employed directly with Apple, and the company supports an additional 257,000 at other outside companies.
“That includes the people who deliver and build Apple products and components, professional and technical services and healthcare,” AllThingsD wrote.
Sure, the news overseas isn’t good, and Apple has acknowledged that. The Fair Labor Association has stepped in for audits, and Apple recently made monthly reports available to the public. Speaking on the matter, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:
We care about every worker. I’ve spent a lot of time in factories personally and not just as an executive. I worked at a paper mill in Alabama and an aluminum plant in Virginia. So we are closely connected to production process and we understand these manufacturing issues on a very granular level.
Apple isn’t perfect, and working conditions overseas leave much to be desired. But the company is working to make a difference – just look at how important it is for the U.S.
[via All Things D]