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Apple Has 500 Employees in Korea, Supports 325,000 Jobs in Country

Apple today revealed job creation figures in South Korea for the first time since entering the country two decades ago, as noted by The Korea Herald.


In a new page on its website, Apple says it has created and supports 325,000 jobs in South Korea, including 500 direct employees, 125,000 jobs through partners in the country like component manufacturers and product distributors, and 200,000 jobs through the App Store ecosystem.

Apple's direct employees in the country include designers, customer service representatives, marketing specialists, hardware and software engineers, and retail staff at its Garosugil store in Seoul.

Apple adds that Korean developers have earned 4.7 trillion won in worldwide revenue through the ‌App Store‌ since 2008.

Last week, Apple claimed that it now supports 2.4 million jobs in the United States.

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12 weeks ago
I like how Apple takes credit for creating those Samsung jobs. The marketing spin is real
Rating: 15 Votes
12 weeks ago
Yay! Let's share more Apple PR crap.

Let's do Singapore next!
How about how many are in Japan?!
Then let's do France!
How about UK?
...
Rating: 13 Votes
12 weeks ago
I don’t understand the negativity here. Apple can, and should, be proud about what they have accomplished worldwide. That to me personally is far better than any other company that I know about.

Few other examples. For the UK and the rest of Europe the link is:

https://www.apple.com/uk/job-creation/

For Japan the link is:

https://www.apple.com/jp/job-creation/ ('https://www.apple.com/uk/job-creation/')

Just look at those numbers. Astonishing!
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago
Software engineers are going to make apps regardless of platform. Apple didn't create those jobs anymore than Microsoft.

If people shifted away from iOS to Android or Linux or something not yet created, those jobs will still exist making apps for another OS.
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago

I don’t understand the negativity here. Apple can, and should, be proud about what they have accomplished worldwide. That to me personally is far better than any other company that I know about.

Few other examples. For the UK and the rest of Europe the link is:

https://www.apple.com/uk/job-creation/

For Japan the link is:

https://www.apple.com/jp/job-creation/ ('https://www.apple.com/uk/job-creation/')

Just look at those numbers. Astonishing!

You forget the narrative here. Anything Apple is bad, period, no matter what it is. Get in the program man. /s
Rating: 5 Votes
12 weeks ago

I don’t understand the negativity here. Apple can, and should, be proud about what they have accomplished worldwide. That to me personally is far better than any other company that I know about.

Few other examples. For the UK and the rest of Europe the link is:

https://www.apple.com/uk/job-creation/

For Japan the link is:

https://www.apple.com/jp/job-creation/ ('https://www.apple.com/uk/job-creation/')

Just look at those numbers. Astonishing!


Apple *should* be proud of what they've accomplished. So should every other company that creates jobs. The issue I have is the ratio of 'real jobs' (employees) to 'net jobs'.. It's like me saying that because I like to travel there are 500 people that would have been out of work this year if I hadn't taken a vacation. It might be true that there were 500 people directly and indirectly providing services, but it is more than a bit disingenuous to take create.

One can successfully argue that Apple has created a massive supply chain making and assembling components for the iDevices line. That would be fair. It's equally fair to say that Samsung has invested in and built a large manufacturing organization building and assembling parts for Apple.

Do both organizations get some credit? I think so.

Do both companies get to published 'effective job' numbers? IMO... no.

If they did, each employee would be counted twice. Then what about Samsung's smartphone division? Do they get to count those jobs too? How many manufacturers, suppliers, shippers, etc. get to claim those jobs? Who get's to decide that?

What happens when we start aggregating all of the 'net jobs" and find that in spite of only 7.5 billion people on the planet, there are 12 billion people employed? Given that the aggregation is meaningless, what meaning should be applied to the individual line items?
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's like saying if Apple didn't exist at all, people would find other solutions so Apple actually creates 0 jobs.


This is close to the truth. If you are compelled to say any single thing "creates" jobs, it is demand, not individual companies. The real reason people keep talking past each other is the false narrative of any single thing or entity creating jobs. Jobs result from a complex interaction of demand, government, corporations, innovation, etc.

When I see Apple claim credit for jobs at other companies I recognize it for what it is: false and cynical self promotion.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago

Software engineers are going to make apps regardless of platform. Apple didn't create those jobs any more than Microsoft.

If people shifted away from iOS to Android or Linux or something not yet created, those jobs will still exist making apps for another OS.


If people shifted away, it would be to another platform. And that means whoever develops that platform would be responsible for maintaining a robust ecosystem if it were to create jobs or support jobs.

How about Blackberry? They make tablets and phones. How many developers are making apps for Blackberry tablets? Like 5? Clearly the platform does matter.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago

Apple can claim credit for managing their company well


They can, but that is not what we are talking about.
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

I like how Apple takes credit for creating those Samsung jobs. The marketing spin is real

So is the reality that Apple creates millions of jobs.
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Logic fail on the display point. Your assumption is only valid if the people buying the Apple products with the Samsung displays if those people refused to buy a device from anyone but Apple (if Apple ceased operations immediately) - highly unlikely. There’s a worldwide demand for devices with displays whether Apple is in business or not.

Your logic is equally silly. It's like saying if Apple didn't exist at all, people would find other solutions so Apple actually creates 0 jobs.

Of course the market would take care of producing what people want without Apple, but the fact Apple exists creates the jobs. You can throw out an infinite amount of scenarios to redistribute the Apple buyers if Apple ceased to exist, but they did indeed exist and thus create millions of jobs.
Rating: 2 Votes

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