President-elect Donald Trump has said in the past he wants companies like Apple to bring their manufacturing jobs back home to the United States. “I’m going to get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China,” he said.
For obvious reasons, Apple will most likely not bring its factories to the States. That’s not to say that the company doesn’t contribute significantly to the American economy, however.
Apple’s contribution to the American economy is quite profound. It employs about 80,000 people directly in the country, and beyond that, 69 supplier facilities in over 30 states contribute parts for the company’s products. Keep in mind that hundreds of thousands of developers write software and applications for Apple’s products, including iPhones and iPads.
“Apple has created over two million jobs in the United States since the introduction of the iPhone nine years ago, including explosive growth in iOS developers, thousands of new supplier and manufacturing partners, and a 400 percent increase in our employee teams,” the company said in a statement to the NY Times.
“We made the unique decision to keep and expand our contact centers for customers in the Americas in the United States, and Austin is home to many of those employees. We plan to continue to invest and grow across the U.S.”
Apple runs its secondary facility in Texas, where it employs around 6,000 employees who field calls at the call center, manage the company’s vast network of suppliers, and figure out how to move around millions of iPhones a week to ensure they get into the hands of customers when they want them.
These are only a few examples of the important impact that the world’s most valuable company has on the American economy. While Trump may insist that it bring its manufacturing plants to the United States, Apple contributes significantly to its home economy. Whether it be software writers, call technicians, or even Apple Geniuses, the company provides work for a entire host of American talent.