2.4 million Americans depend on Apple for their jobs
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Directly or indirectly, Apple is responsible for 2.4 million American jobs. The company says 450,000 of these are at the thousands of US companies that supply components for Apple computers, phones and tablets.
There are 9,000 such suppliers in this country, and the Mac maker says it sent them a collective $60 billion in 2018.
Calling attention to the number of Americans and US companies that produce components for iPhone, Mac, etc. helps Apple make the argument that its products aren‘t all made in China, a touchy subject during the current US/China trade war.
Manufacturers in countries around the globe also produce parts for Apple devices. These are shipped to China where they are assembled, though increasingly they go to India instead.
Apple’s growing US workforce
The company directly employs 90,000 people in all 50 states. In January of last year, it announced a plan to add over 20,000 new jobs in the next five years. Today, Apple said it is on track to meet that goal.
This is part of a plan to spend an additional $350 billion in the US between 2018 and 2023. The company says it’s on pace to meet that goal too.
This is cash the company had been stockpiling in Europe but brought to America when the Trump Administration lowered taxes on such transactions.
Lots of app developers
With Apple direct employees and those working at parts suppliers combining for 540,000 jobs, the remainder of the 2.4 million Apple is claiming responsibility for are third-party software developers.
It says that total is 1.9 million — an increase of 325,000 since the beginning of 2017.