Apple announces it has created more than 500,000 jobs in the United States.



NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Plenty of people love Apple(:AAPL) for their products, but a new study finds they may also love Apple for keeping them employed.

A study by Analysis Group posted on Apple's site finds that Apple created 304,000 jobs, either directly or indirectly, across the United States. Taking into account the 210,000 jobs that have been created by the "app-economy," Apple is responsible for 514,000 jobs being created or supported in the United States alone.

Of the 304,000 jobs, the study notes 47,000 of them are at Apple alone, with the other 257,000 jobs at companies like Corning(:GLW), Fed Ex(:FDX) and UPS(:UPS), which either make parts for Apple products, or deliver them to customers.

There are 27,350 employees at Apple's 246 retail stores in the United States, and Apple makes sure to note the majority of them are full-time employees, eligible for benefits. Apple also has its customer support jobs in the United States, with 7,700 U.S.-based AppleCare Advisors.

As apps continue to pop up in the App Store, Apple notes "the app revolution has added more than 210,000 iOS jobs to the U.S." There are over 248,000 registered iOS developers in the U.S., and job search aggregator Indeed.com shows another 5,000+ iOS developer jobs available. More than $4 billion has been paid to developers from the sale of App Store purchases.

Apple shares are higher in Friday's trading, up 0.1% to $545.10.

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--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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