In a new press release today, Apple is touting the economic benefits that the App Store has generated, announcing that the iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs since April of 2019, per the press release:
The iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs since April 2019, helping to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages even as COVID-19 continues to create immense challenges and uncertainty for communities across the country. Developers nationwide — including companies such as Caribu, H‑E‑B, and Shine — have adapted their businesses to make sure they can keep supporting their customers during a challenging time.1
Since the App Store launched in 2008, the iOS app economy has become one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. Despite the pandemic, the App Store continues to provide economic opportunities for entrepreneurs of all sizes, helping anyone with an idea reach customers around the world and take advantage of new opportunities that would never be possible without it. The App Store ecosystem now supports more than 2.1 million US jobs across all 50 states — an increase of 15 percent since last year — as part of the 2.7 million jobs Apple supports across the country.
Apple says that the new 300,000 jobs added since April means that the App Store iOS economy alone has created over 2.1 million jobs across all 50 states.
2 weeks ago Facebook accused Apple of hurting small businesses by taking a 30% commission for purchases made to business via its app. In a near indirect response, Apple is claiming the opposite saying that the App Store has helped the small and large businesses grow and circumvent through these difficult times.
That growth has been experienced by companies large and small, including the team at Caribu in Miami, Florida. Caribu is an app that enables immersive, activity-rich video calls, allowing families and friends to stay close even from afar. Participants can draw together, read bedtime stories, solve puzzles, cook, and even visit museums in real time — connections that have become even more important in recent months. Caribu co-founders Maxeme Tuchman and Alvaro Sabido saw their business take off this spring, as people sought new ways to keep in touch. To respond to the tenfold increase in customers across the globe, Caribu’s team tripled in size, from 4 employees to 12, contributing to the 17,000 new app economy jobs in Florida.
You can read the full press release with some intersting stories on job growth and creation here.