Apple published a fresh set of numbers this morning that highlights the importance of its App Store in the overall US economy, just as the app bazaar is increasingly under siege from disgruntled developers, competitors and regulators around the world
Here are the most interesting numbers from a press release from Apple:
- Since April 2019 the iOS app economy has generated nearly 300,000 new jobs as developers respond to the coronavirus pandemic
- App Store ecosystem currently supports more than 2,1 million jobs in all 50 states, a 15 per cent rise from last year.
- Apple funds a total of 2,7 million workers nationally
- 17,000 New Jobs in Florida’s smartphone economy
- 36,000 new app industry jobs in Texas, a rise of almost 30 per cent
- Maryland has added 25,000 new jobs to its app economy since last year
- Michigan has added 12,000 new jobs in the app economy, up 34 per cent since last year
- Many smaller states have seen double-digit rises, such as Alabama, Nevada and Oklahoma
- Apple employs more than 90,000 people in all 50 States
Apple offers plenty of examples of developers that have been able to build an App Store sustainable business. This includes Caribu, a Florida-based Miami that allows for immersive video calls rich in action. Caribu ‘s team has increased in size since this spring, from 4 workers to 12, adding to the 17,000 new jobs in Florida’s app economy.