Apple is often criticized for outsourcing most of its jobs overseas. The company said that it is not true and in fact, it has created or supported 514,000 jobs in the United States. The figure includes jobs that are not directly employed by the company but by other companies that are dependent on Apple.
According to Apple, it has created 304,000 jobs that range from engineering to manufacturing to transportations in 50 states. These include workers in Texas who make processors for iOS products, New York who make the glass for the iPhone and Corning employees in Kentucky. It also includes the UPS and FedEx workers who ship Apple’s products.
The remaining 210,000 jobs are iOS app economy jobs. According to a 2012 study by TechNet, 466,000 mobile app development jobs were created in the United States. Apple said that 45 percent of those jobs were connected with developing apps for the iPhone. Apple’s current number of core employees is only 47,000. That’s less than 10 percent of the total number.
Apple decided to release the numbers after it came under fire for its deals with Foxconn and other China-based suppliers. People criticized the company for its dependence on overseas workers.