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Apple’s Job Creation Data Spur an Economic Debate
The New York Times | March 05, 2012 | 08:56 AM EST

Apple has made its first attempt to quantify how many American jobs can be credited to the sale of its iPads and other products, a group that includes the Apple engineers who design the devices and the drivers who deliver them — even the people who build the trucks that get them there.

On Friday, the company published the results of a study it commissioned saying that it had “created or supported” 514,000 American jobs. The study is an effort to show that Apple’s benefit to the American job market goes far beyond the 47,000 people it directly employs here.

Apple , based in Cupertino, Calif., released the study on its website, but declined to say why it published the results.

The company’s employment practices have come under closer examination. Apple and other high-tech companies, including Internet companies, employ relatively few people compared with other stalwarts of American business, like General Motors and General Electric in their heyday.

Apple, which is now the world’s most valuable company , has created more jobs overseas, approximately 700,000 through a network of suppliers that make iPhones, iPads, and other products.

The accuracy of the Apple jobs calculation in the U.S. may well be debated among economists for years.

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