A new study has found that approximately 466,000 jobs have been created in the "app economy" in the U.S. over the past five years.
According to the research by TechNet, jobs for computer software applications, along with the broad communications sector, are now leading sources of hiring strength in the labor market.
"America's app economy – which had zero jobs just 5 years ago before the iPhone was introduced – demonstrates that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge innovation," said Rey Ramsey, president and chief executive officer of TechNet. "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."
The research also found that the highest percentage of app jobs are now being created in the New York City area and San Francisco, as well as in parts of Georgia, Florida and Illinois.
Meanwhile, Acxiom Corporation has announced plans to add 150 employees at its Central Arkansas operations, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.
The mobile app, email and social media company said it plans to recruit for software developers and product management positions from a number of local universities.