IDC research predicts that cloud computing will create 14 million jobs by 2015.

With a current, troubled economy, every big name company is getting heat for not doing more to provide jobs at home, particularly tech companies. To respond to naysayers, Apple announced last week that the company created over 500,000 jobs in America. Not to be outdone, Microsoft announced yesterday that it’s done its part to help create over 6.7 million jobs worldwide. Be sure to keep reading to get all of the footnotes and asterisks to such bold claims by two of the nation’s biggest tech competitors.

In the aftermath of all of Apple’s Foxconn backlash, the company has been trying to generate as much positive press as possible. Last week, Apple added a new page to its website titled “Creating jobs through innovation.” The page claims that Apple has created 514,000 jobs in the United States alone. Not only did the company count direct Apple employees but indirect employees as well, such as people that make individual components of products, the delivery truck drivers that deliver products, and news sources dedicated solely to Apple.

Not to be outshone, Microsoft retaliated to these numbers with a little research of its own. Microsoft claims that by 2015, there will be a total of 14 million jobs worldwide created by cloud computing services. For 2012, the company estimates that there are 6.7 million jobs that have been created since the inception of cloud computing.

The third-party group that helped Microsoft gather these numbers was IDC (International Data Corporation). IDC estimates that $1.1 trillion annually in new business revenues could be attributed to all of those new cloud computing jobs. A lot of that revenue will come from increased efficiency for I.T. workers that get to utilize cloud computing instead of a more time-consuming solution.

Microsoft was hoping to focus more on its own cloud applications, but the IDC numbers include growing cloud applications like Dropbox, Box, and Apple’s iCloud. To some critics, Apple might still have the leg up in the job creation competition. IDC predicts that over half of all of these new cloud computing jobs will be created in China and India.

Overall, it seems that the U.S. is more of a cloud consumer than a cloud services creator. In 2011, the nation consumer 62% of all cloud services but the IDC predicts by 2015 it will only hold 7% of cloud-related jobs (roughly 1.9 million).

Even though the companies previously mentioned are big names in cloud computing right now, the IDC data suggests that future cloud services jobs created will be split evenly among large and small businesses. The company got even more specific, predicting that one third of these future jobs will end up in one of these three sectors: communications & media (2.4 million jobs); banking (1.4 million jobs) and discrete manufacturing (1.3 million jobs).

For a few of these industries, it’s easy to see how the cloud will be utilized. Public cloud services for communications and media makes sense. At first glance, a cloud implementation for banking might make consumers wary, but realize that cloud banking will use private cloud implementations and cloud-based security. Finally, discrete manufacturing is capturing the attention not just of businesses but of consumers as well, which is giving rise to its job creation potential and industry interest.

Undeniably, the cloud is changing how the world operates. Not only are we getting incredible usability from the new services being created but more jobs are being created as well. For all of Microsoft’s good intentions, its IDC collaboration to find out how many jobs the company has created has shown more cloud-based jobs popping up overseas and less at home.

To read more about the cloud, check out our blog post about Dropbox and Google’s rival product.