Apps created for the iPhone and other Apple products have helped created hundreds of thousands of jobs, the company says.
Across Europe, more than 1.7 million jobs have been created and supported by Apple products. That's according to a new section on Apple's website which claims that it expects all of those numbers to keep growing.
Many of those jobs are spread across the continent. That includes 22,000 Apple employees and 170,000 jobs created through suppliers – but also takes in the 1.57 million jobs that a study has shown have been created by the app economy.
But the UK is leading among that development, despite some suggestion that Brexit could harm the tech sector. Apple says that it employs more than 6,000 staff in Britain, and that there is a further 291,000 jobs created by the App Store ecosystem.
The 22,000 Apple employees in Europe are involved in a range of roles: everything from working in its retail stores to engineering the phones that are sold in them. There are 112 stores in 10 different countries, each of which employs a substantial number of staff, in addition to Apple's corporate staff.
The number of Apple's European employees has grown by 1,500 per cent since 2000, the company said.
But that is just the beginning of the jobs highlighted on Apple's new page. It also focuses on suppliers and the app economy – that is, the vast number of and kinds of jobs created since 2008, when the App Store launched for the iPhone.
All of those facts are highlighted by the new page on Apple's website, which is intended to show the impact it has on the economy.
It says it has spent over 10 billion euros with more than 4,300 European supplier last year. And since the App Store was launched in 2008, developers in europe have earned more than 20 billion euros across the world.