Apple claims that its "app economy" has created more than 1 million jobs since 2008, largely from smartphone and tablet applications.
The Cupertino, California, company has faced much criticism for its use of overseas workers, but its latest press release argues that its job creation is serious. Apple says 627,000 jobs were directly created by the apps, while another 334,000 happened because of its "spending and growth" and 66,000 are Apple employees. That's a grand total of 1,027,000 jobs.
Apple also said that its sales rose 50 percent in 2014 to $10 billion, which is considered record growth. “Apple ignited the app revolution with the launch of the App Store in 2008,” the company said in the release. “Since then, an entire industry has been built around app design and development.”
The company's manufacturing moved increasingly to Asia in the 1990s which caused some criticism of the company, according to Bloomberg News. Apple has put some data centers and manufacturing in the United States including a Mac Pro assembly plant in Austin, Texas.
Apple stores also grew to 265 in 2014, a rise of 65 new storefronts from 2012. Its employees have jumped from 26,000 to 30,000.
The successful app economy will likely continue to rise with its latest Apple Watch, which will require new apps to use many of its new features. While the app economy can be exciting, likely to those developers gaining big chunks of the 2014 $10 billion app revenue.
Apple's news doesn't explain how it comes up with this number nor does it define what job creation really means.