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Mandel, president of the consulting firm South Mountain Economics says he believes he was conservative in his calculations. He estimates that one peripheral job is created for every two jobs added to the payroll of an apps maker.

The TechNet study found that the highest concentration of app jobs is in the technology hotbeds of the San Francisco Bay area (nearly 15 percent of the positions), New York (9 percent) and Seattle (nearly 6 percent).

But the study also found app jobs cropping up in places such as Philadelphia (nearly 2 percent), Detroit (1 percent) and Phoenix (1 percent). All told, more than 60 percent, or about 290,000, of the app jobs are located outside California, New York and Washington state, according to the study.

TechNet CEO Rey Ramsey is optimistic apps jobs will continue to be widely dispersed across the country because it’s a specialty that doesn’t require big factories, close proximity to railroads and highways or even other technology hubs. All that is really required, he said, is a good idea and online access.