What's good for Apple is good for America -- or so the company wants us to think.
As the tech giant prepares to take the wraps off its latest iteration of the uber-popular iPad, it's stewed up a study showing that Apple can take credit for having "created or supported" 514,000 U.S. jobs.
That's a pretty bold claim for an enterprise that in fact has 47,000 workers on its payroll.
The Analysis Group, the consulting firm Apple hired for the study, concluded that 257,000 Apple-related jobs are in affiliated companies, such as Corning, which makes glass for the iPhone, and at a Samsung plant in Texas.
The study also finds that an additional 210,000 jobs have been born among companies creating apps for Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad.