Apps Creating Jobs in a Tight Market

There's an app for just about everything these days—and according to a recent survey, this boom has created a slew of jobs in a slow growth market.

According to a new study conducted by TechNet, a bipartisan political network of technology CEOs, there are nearly 466,000 jobs in what they are calling the "app economy." This is up from zero in 2007, according to the study.

The jobs being created by each new app include programmers, interface designers, marketers, managers and support staff, the survey found.

California is the top spot in the U.S. for app jobs with nearly one in four jobs, however New York City is the top metro area for finding employment in this sector, with 9.2% of jobs. New York state is number two for the app economy, with 6.9% of jobs. The survey said the sector is also growing in less tech-heavy locations such as Georgia, Florida and Illinois.

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