Jan 222012

Apple employs about 41,000 people in the United States. But virtually all of the parts for iPhones, iPads, iPods and other products are manufactured offshore — mainly in Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Germany. And assembly is almost entirely in China, in regimented compounds operated by Apple’s suppliers. Thousands of workers, [continue reading . . . ]

Jan 182012
U.S. competitive in manufacturing?

As I mentioned on KUOW’s Weekday program today, I was delighted to read in today’s Financial Times* that manufacturing employment has grown faster in the U.S. during this recovery than in any other advanced country. From January 2010, employment in U.S. factories has risen by 2.9% to nearly 11.8 million [continue reading . . . ]