Technology giant Apple Computers announced on Wednesday that it will re-invest over $350 billion in the United States following the recently passed GOP tax cuts; pledging to create 20,000 new jobs throughout the country and pay over $40 billion in repatriation taxes.
According to CNBC, Apple confirmed its new plan to commit $350 billion to the US economy over the next five years, saying it will create tens of thousands of new jobs and at least one new campus.
The computer and smart-phone manufacturer expects to pay nearly $40 billion in taxes when it repatriates the large sums of money held overseas, citing the recently passed tax legislation as a key motivator in re-patriating offshore accounts.
“Apple also said it would spend over $30 billion in capital expenditures over the next five years. About $10 billion in capital expenditures will be investments in U.S. data centers,” writes CNBC.
“Apple today announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce,” said the official statement. “Apple’s direct contribution to the US economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years, not including Apple’s ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages and the sale of Apple products.”
“We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
US Economy SMASHES ESTIMATES, Adds 230K Jobs
The United States economy added approximately 228,000 jobs in November alone; slashing the unemployment rate to just 4.1 percent and busting expectations that predicted payrolls to grow by 200,000.
According to CNBC, average hourly earnings also rose by 0.2 percent in the same month; resulting in 2.5 percent growth in 2017.
“The November employment data is largely as expected. For an expansion that began in mid-2009, no negative surprises are welcome,” said a senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com. “The lingering impacts of recent hurricanes and flooding have reverted back to relative calm in the statistics, meaning that this is a ‘cleaner’ number.”
Surprisingly, the second largest gains were seen in the manufacturing sector; adding 31,000 jobs in the industry. The economy saw a total in goods-producing occupations tick upwards to 62,000.
Construction also saw steep gains, adding 24,000 jobs –most of which were in “specialty trade” contracts.
“With continued improvement in the labor market, room for continued upward trajectory in 2018 is likely limited because there’s not much slack left to hire workers for further growth,” said one economist.
GREAT AGAIN: $2 TRILLION Added to US Economy Under President Trump
The United States Stock Market has added over $2 trillion to the American economy since President Trump won the 2016 presidential election; smashing expectations and further signaling a robust recovery following years of stagnant growth under Barack Obama.
According to CNBC, the S&P 500 stock index grew by $2.04 trillion since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last November; soaring after the election on renewed hopes of significant tax reform and the reduction of burdensome regulations imposed by Trump’s predecessor.
The largest gains were seen in information technology, financial services, healthcare, and materials.
President Trump now sets his sights on reforming the nation’s complicated and outdated tax code, a key campaign promise to deliver tax relief to millions of American families and businesses.
“People are in wait-and-see mode in terms of tax reform. We get a bit of a pop every time it gets mentioned, but I think the market is in a bit of disbelief,” said one market strategist.
Analysts also credit President Trump’s pledge to rebuild the American military with the massive rise in stocks associated with Defense contracts, reporting some businesses have seen growth of 30% since the US election last fall.