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Well timed with a report from The New York Times today that explained why Apple is unlikely to manufacture more of its products in the United States, Apple has published a press release highlighting how several components it uses are manufactured by U.S. suppliers such as Finisar, Corning, and Broadcom.

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Apple says it spent $60 billion with 9,000 American component suppliers and companies in 2018, an increase of more than 10 percent from the year before. Apple says this spending supports more than 450,000 jobs in the United States.

This includes VCSELs for Face ID on the iPhone X and newer at Finisar in Texas, iPhone and iPad display glass at Corning in Kentucky, water-resistance testing at Cincinnati Test Systems in Ohio, and wireless chips at Broadcom, Qorvo, and Skyworks in Colorado, Oregon, and Massachusetts respectively.

Since 2011, the total number of jobs created and supported by Apple in the United States has more than tripled from almost 600,000 to two million across all 50 states, the company says. Apple profiled a few of its supplier employees in its press release, providing a closer look at their operations.

Article Link: Apple Spent $60B on 9,000 American Suppliers in 2018, Supporting 450K Jobs
 

AngerDanger

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Jeez, so Apple was responsible for supporting 17% of the 2.6 million job increase in 2018—albeit their support didn't go to the new jobs entirely. That's pretty crazy.

Jeez, so Apple was responsible for 17% of the 2.6 million job increase in 2018. That's pretty crazy (or I'm very bad interpreting government statistics reports).

Corrected here and here.
 
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mtneer

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I wonder how Apple counts the number of jobs its supporting. For not everyone at the suppliers support Apple (the suppliers have other customers and businesses too) and I am not sure if Apple's suppliers would truly disclose how many of their employee headcounts are fully or partially "dedicated" to Apple.
 
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gnipgnop

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This type of corporate PR is kind of tiring. Yes, big companies like Apple have an important role in employment, but ultimately the key driver of it is consumer demand and not altruism about providing a certain number of American jobs. The "job creator" thing is past it's shelf date.
 
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nexusrule

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Jeez, so Apple was responsible for 17% of the 2.6 million job increase in 2018. That's pretty crazy (or I'm very bad interpreting government statistics reports).

I think you misinterpreted the article. It doesn't state that those jobs were new and created this year, but that Apple "supports" that numbers of jobs, meaning that it's one of the contributor to the health and survival of the suppliers it works with.

This type of corporate PR is kind of tiring. Yes, big companies like Apple have an important role in employment, but ultimately the key driver of it is consumer demand and not altruism about providing a certain number of American jobs. The "job creator" thing is past it's shelf date.

Well, probably companies now feel compelled to explain they actually have a role in the USA economy, because, you know, there is someone that's making a lot of noise and spreading a lot of fake information about it for propaganda purposes.
 
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BigBoy2018

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Jeez, so Apple was responsible for 17% of the 2.6 million job increase in 2018. That's pretty crazy (or I'm very bad interpreting government statistics reports).

Apples spending ‘supports’ 450,000 jobs.
It didnt ‘create’ 450,000 new jobs.
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More like spent $60 billion to exploit workers for profit...

Huh? So all those people who willingly took jobs at Apples american factories, where they get union wages are being ‘exploited’?
Unless you’re saying asking people to actually do work for money is ‘exploiting’ them, I fail to see what you’re saying.
 
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now i see it

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To be fair, there's some enthusiastic counting going on here with these stats.
Just because a company supplies Apple with some components (along with all the other components they ship to other companies) does not entitle Apple to claim that they are responsible for creating those jobs.
 
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charlituna

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Foxconn is a Chinese company brought here by Apple.

not just apple. basically all electronics sold in the US have foxconn produced parts if where not assembled there. Apple, Microsoft etc. china has the largest cache of the rare earth metals needed for the boards and such and they refuse to export the rare materials. so if you want the metal you have to have the parts made in China.
 
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macduke

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So does Apple just write all these up ahead of time so any time something negative is written they can put out something positive? Great PR if true.
 
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joueboy

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Here we go again Apple claiming these people as their employees like they did the last time. If I paid for my iPhone and other services along with music and movies, can I also claim that Apple engineers, rapper and Hollywood are my employees? Also I eat a lot outside and also drive my car and fill-up my gas every week so therefore, I employ a lot of waiters and farmers and factory workers.
 
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I7guy

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Gotta be in it to win it
More like spent $60 billion to exploit workers for profit...

Next Tim will try to argue that since the companies it "supports" pay their taxes then Apple shouldn't also have to pay too

"We supported other people paying $400 billion in taxes in 2018!"
Perfect. Was waiting to see how long an anti-apple narrative would take to be part of the discussion.
 
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