Apple this morning published a fresh set of numbers that highlight the importance of its App Store in the overall US economy just as the application bazaar is increasingly finding itself under siege from disgruntled developers, competitors and regulators around the world.

Here are the most interesting numbers from Apple’s press release:

  • The iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs since April 2019 as developers adapt during the coronavirus pandemic
  • App Store ecosystem now supports over 2.1 million jobs across all 50 states, an increase of 15 percent since last year
  • Apple supports a total of 2.7 million jobs across the country
  • 17,000 new app economy jobs in Florida
  • 36,000 new app economy jobs in Texas, a nearly 30 percent increase
  • Maryland added 25,000 new app economy jobs since last year
  • Michigan added 12,000 new app economy jobs, growing 34 percent since last year
  • Many smaller states, like Alabama, Nevada and Oklahoma, saw double-digit increases
  • Apple employs over 90,000 people across all 50 states

Apple provides plenty of examples of developers, who were able to grow a sustainable business on the App Store. This includes Caribu, a Miami, Florida-based that enables immersive, activity-rich video calls. Since this spring, Caribu’s team tripled in size, from 4 employees to 12, contributing to the 17,000 new app economy jobs in Florida.