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Unemployment rates in the U.S. seem to be steadily decreasing - 8.5% now as opposed to 10% in November of 2010. It's a small change, yes, but a study by TechNet shows that it could change in larger ways in the near future. And they're attributing some of this to mobile technology.

Before the launch of the iPhone, "Apps" didn't exist. In 2007, not even 1 person was employed due to App development. Today there are about 466,000 jobs in the "App Economy"! 

Because this is such a new industry, there are no official statistics from the Bureau of Labor. The following research was compiled using the Conference Board Help-Wanted OnLine® (HWOL) database, a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute compilation of want ads, to estimate the number of jobs in the App Economy. 


Top U.S. Metro Areas With Highest Percentage of App Economy Jobs 

New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island………………….. 9.2% 
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont………………………. 8.5%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara……………………… 6.3%
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue……………………………….. 5.7%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana………………….. 5.1%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria………………………. 4.8%
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet……………………………….. 3.5%
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy……………………………… 3.5%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta………………………… 3.3%

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington……………………………… 2.6% 



Top Ten States for App Economy Jobs 

California…………………………………………………… 23.8%
New York…………………………………………………… 6.9%
Washington………………………………………………… 6.4%
Texas……………………………………………………….. 5.4%
New Jersey………………………………………………… 4.2%
Illinois……………………………………………………….. 4.0%
Massachusetts…………………………………………….. 3.9%
Georgia……………………………………………………… 3.7%
Virginia……………………………………………………… 3.5%
Florida………………………………………………………. 3.1%


In just five years App development has employed hundreds of thousands of people. This just goes to show that new technology can be responsible for creating jobs in addition to economic value. 

Each new App opens the door for a developer to be employed, maybe even a group of developers depending on how complex the task is. User interface designers will be hired to make sure the App is intuitive and user-friendly. Marketers will be hired to make sure consumers know about and have access to the App. Support Staff will be required to help those who have downloaded the App and have questions, comments, or suggestions. Version 2.0 is born, and the whole process starts over again. 

“The App Economy, along with the broad communications sector, has been a leading source of hiring strength in an otherwise sluggish labor market,” said Dr. Michael Mandel, the report’s author and President of South Mountain Economics and former Chief Economist for BusinessWeek. 

The full study, entitled “Where the Jobs Are,” is available at: http://bit.ly/AlGe4l

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