by AP headline Filipinos hired by Apple in US will be sourced in the Philippines, a US official said on Wednesday.

Philippines, which accounts for one-fifth of the world’s smartphone users, had been looking for more jobs in the US, but there were no openings to fill, according to the US Department of Labor (DOL).

The move comes after the Philippine government last year passed a law requiring companies hiring foreign workers to hire Filipino workers.

It was intended to help boost the country’s exports, which are dominated by iPhones and iPads.

But there are no signs that the law has made a difference.

In the US alone, there are nearly 3,000 Filipinos employed in retailing.

The Philippine government did not respond to requests for comment.

The DOL confirmed the recruitment of the Filipinos, who will be employed in an Apple retail facility in downtown San Francisco.

It said in a statement that they would work in “high-tech manufacturing” and “develop products that reflect the diversity of our people”.

It said the Filipinas would be paid $50 an hour.

The Philippines has a population of more than 1.4 million and is a major exporter of electronics.

Apple said it has no plans to hire Filipinos in the United States.

But it did say it had made “positive progress” in building a “global culture” and working with companies in the region.

“We have had many positive conversations with the Filipino government and have encouraged the Philippines government to take action to further its growth goals, including the creation of a national manufacturing strategy,” said Greg McBride, a spokesman for Apple.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday from Reuters.