Recently, Apple has received harsh criticism for its fees and other policies on the App Store, which has led to a high-profile conflict with Epic Games.
In response to the criticism, Apple has issued a press release claiming that the ecosystem for the App Store has generated 2.1 million jobs in the US alone, which is an increase of 300,000 jobs since April 2019.
In total, Apple claims to have generated 2.7 million jobs in its home country. This figure includes 90,000 employees and 450,000 people in other companies that contribute to the US ecosystem (including manufacturing, transport and sales).
The creation of jobs was one of the defences produced by Tim Cook when he was grilled by the US House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. During the hearing he claimed that "more than 1.9 million American jobs in all 50 states are attributable to the App Store ecosystem".
It should be pointed out, of course, that many of the developers barely earn anything at all from their business, so even if they have a "job", they do not contribute significantly to the US economy.
This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.