Study: ‘App Economy’ has created 466,000 U.S. jobs — like a 21st Century construction sector

Source: Conference Board, South Mountain Econ.

A new study out today documents the impact of apps on the U.S. economy, concluding that 466,000 jobs have been created by the “App Economy” since 2007 — including programmers, marketers, interface designers, managers and support staff working on apps and infrastructure for platforms including Android, Apple iOS, BlackBerry, Facebook and Windows Phone.

The New York Metro area has the largest proportion of jobs in the sector, at 9.2 percent. The Seattle region is fourth, at 5.7 percent, behind San Francisco and San Jose.

Broken down by state, Washington is third, at 6.4 percent, with California first at 24 percent and New York second at 7 percent.

The research was conducted by economist Michael Mandel for industry group TechNet based on trends in help-wanted ads, in addition to other economic data. A summary of the findings is available here.

The report says, “Every major consumer-facing company, and many business-facing companies, has discovered that they need an app to be the public face of the business. In some sense, that makes the App Economy the construction sector of the 21st century, building a new front door to everyone’s house and in some cases constructing a whole new house.”

(Via CNet News.com)

  • Guest

    So that’s how the unemployment rate has been falling so fast: everyone with Xcode installed on their MacBook is considered to be part of the “app economy.”

  • http://twitter.com/BaronSchaaf Baron Schaaf

    Indeed, until I see additional data, I think these numbers are suspect. This is probably more like everyone who has written an app rather than the number of full time job equivalents.

  • Guest

    Nice rebuttal for people who say that Apple hasn’t created many domestic jobs.

    Also, remember when MS was the main focus/engine for developers? Amazing how many areas Ballmer lost out to Jobs.