Of engineers, outsourcing and jobs leaving the U.S.

“Apple’s executives had estimated that about 8,700 industrial engineers were needed to oversee and guide the 200,000 assembly-line workers eventually involved in manufacturing iPhones. The company’s analysts had forecast it would take as long as nine months to find that many qualified engineers in the United States.

“In China, it took 15 days.”

The problem with bringing jobs back to the United States isn’t just a matter of cheap foreign wages.  A very thorough article in The New York Times explains the complexities and hard realities behind the simplistic soundbites emanating from politicians.

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