Jobs, Jobs, and Cars

Paul Krugman.  NYT. Jan. 26,2012.

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“Mitch Daniels, the former Bush budget director who is now Indiana’s governor, made the Republicans’ reply to President Obama’s State of the Union address. His performance was, well, boring. But he did say something thought-provoking — and I mean that in the worst way…

Clearly, Mr. Daniels doesn’t have much of a future in the humor business. But, more to the point, anyone who reads The New York Times knows that his assertion about job creation was completely false: Apple employs very few people in this country.

A big report in The Times last Sunday laid out the facts. Although Apple is now America’s biggest U.S. corporation as measured by market value, it employs only 43,000 people in the United States, a tenth as many as General Motors employed when it was the largest American firm.

Apple does, however, indirectly employ around 700,000 people in its various suppliers. Unfortunately, almost none of those people are in America.”

by Duane Campbell

Read the grueling accounts of work in Apple’s Chinese factories as they appeared in the N.Y.Times this week.  We can not post them here due to copyright restrictions.

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html?scp=9&sq=apple%20china&st=cse

Human cost to workers

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in?_r=1

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