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Apps Boost Job Market

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Despite the 8.3 percent unemployment rate in the United States, the new “app economy” created about 466,000 jobs since 2007, according to a TechNET—a bipartisan org with a stated goal to vigorously promote technology—survey. Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet, said on the TechNet blog, “Today, the App Economy is creating jobs in every part of America, employing hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers today and even more in the years to come.”

Ever since the creation of the iPhone and its release, the job market has been looking up. According to the survey, California has the largets share of growth with 23.8% of app-related jobs, and the New York-Northern New Jersey- Long Island area leads the regional list with 9.2% growth.

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 (Percentage)

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%

Although there is not an official title for app innovators, programmers, user interface designers, tech marketers, iOS developers, and support staff can feel secure in their job titles. All of these positions have been impacted by the growing app-conomy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects major growth in the sector of jobs, expecting it to grow 34 percent by 2018. As iPhones, other mobile devices, and the cloud develop and expand the wonderful world of apps, that number could jump even higher.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told the Senate Budget Committee, “We have a long way to go before the labor market can be said to be operating normally.” Fortunately for us, the young minds of today are creating jobs instead of searching for one. (Examples: Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs, Sean Parker…)

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