theodp writes: The Washington Post reports that some of the country's best-known multi-national corporations — including IBM, Apple, HP, AT&T, Pfizer, P&G — closely guard a number they don't want anyone to know: the breakdown between their jobs here and abroad. So secretive are these companies that they hand the figure over to government statisticians on the condition that officials will release only an aggregate number. The latest data show that multinationals cut 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. and added 2.4 million overseas between 2000-2009. Some of the same companies that do not report their jobs breakdown, including Apple and Pfizer, are pushing lawmakers to cut their tax bills in the name of job creation in the U.S. 'It's an important piece of information that the American people should have,' said Ron Hira, an associate professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 'Should you listen to the kind of advice these companies have about how to grow the economy when their record and their model indicates they’ve cut jobs?'