Apple says it’s created1 million jobs, AppStore is goinggangbusters

Apple announced Thursday that more than 1
million jobs have been directly or indirectly
created by the company in the United States
alone and that its 6-year-old App Store
experienced its biggest day ever New Year’s
Day.
The jobs include Apple’s own employees as well
as app developers, suppliers and manufacturers
across the country. More than 9,000 jobs were
added to Apple’s payroll in 2014, which the
Cupertino-based tech giant said represents a
sixfold increase over the past decade. As of the
close of 2014, Apple employed 72,800 permanent
full-time employees and had 437 retail stores in
15 countries.
The App Store’s milestone comes on the heels of
a record-breaking year, as apps created more
than $10 billion in revenue for developers. The
company said much of that success was helped
by the introduction of iOS8, an operating system
that helps app developers add new and
innovative features. To date, the store’s
developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion
from the sale of apps and games.
“This year is off to a tremendous start after a
record-breaking year for the App Store and our
developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s
senior vice president of Internet software and
services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and
innovation developers bring to the apps they
create for iOS users and that the developer
community has now earned over $25 billion.”
Apple said more than 41,000 jobs related to the
company’s new headquarters will be created in
Santa Clara County by the time the spaceship-
shaped building is completed, reportedly
sometime in late 2016.
The tech giant announced that 1,027,000 jobs
were “created or supported by Apple” in the
U.S. and that 627,000 positions can be attributed
to the iOS ecosystem. Apple also announced that
334,000 jobs have been created at other
companies due to Apple’s dramatic growth.
One of the beneficiaries of the App Store’s
success is Caroline Hu Flexer, whose San Mateo-
based educational-game company, Duck Duck
Moose, has grown from three people to a staff
of 20 who have now 21 different apps under
their belts.
“Our whole business is based on the App Store
and the growth we’ve seen because of that has
been amazing,” Flexer said. “It’s a whole new
economy and there’s no way a small company
like ours could have had such success with their
apps competing against the big media
companies without the App Store’s
distribution.”
The first week of January set a record for
billings from the App Store, with customers
around the world spending nearly half a billion
dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New
Year’s Day marked the single biggest day ever in
App Store sales history.
During the holiday season, App Store customers
helped make history with their support of Apps
for (RED), a special initiative on the store with
exclusive content where all proceeds went to
the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple said it
donated a record-breaking $20 million this
quarter, and since teaming up with (RED) has
donated more than $100 million.
As of November, Apple was both the largest
publicly traded corporation in the world by
market capitalization as well as the first U.S.
company to be valued at over $700 billion.

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