Hugh Pickens writes writes "After coming under recent criticism for moving their manufacturing jobs overseas, Apple launched a charm offensive this week adding a page to its website titled “Creating jobs through innovation” about how many jobs the company has created, or supports, in the US. The Cupertino company claims that 514,000 American jobs have been created or are supported by the company. This figure comprises 304,000 current jobs “ranging from engineering to manufacturing to transportation,” of which 47,000 are with the company itself and 257,000 are with related firms including workers in Texas who manufacture processors for iOS products, Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone, and FedEx and UPS employees. Apple also highlights the success of its App Store, claiming it has helped to create more than 210,000 jobs. “With more than 550,000 apps and more than 24 billion downloads in less than four years, the App Store has created an entirely new industry,” the company says. The report adds that 27,350 employees work at 246 Apple retail stores averaging 111 employees per store where, according to a report from GlassDoor.com from 2010, the Apple Specialist position pays on average $11.64/hour, with a pay rate ranging from $9 to $16, while the hourly wage for an Apple Genius position varies from $14-$25/hour depending on location and experience."