Sunday, October 30, 2011

Should Apple Hire more people in the USA?

For the past few years Apple has the tendency to employ large number of workers in China. Apple's iPhones and iPads are currently manufactured in China and now they are trying to switch some of the manufacturing jobs to Brazil.

There have been several debates on news networks like CNN regarding Apple's outsourcing with high unemployment rates in the U.S. Jim Hoffa of International Brotherhood of Teamsters President said on CNN "Instead of investing here, everything they do is in China...I think the president should challenge the patriotism of these American corporations.".

Piers Morgan of CNN also said "More people were working for Apple in China than in America. You must stop our jobs from leaving this country. We must start manufacturing our goods."

Apple's response is documented in the recently published Biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. According to the Biography when Jobs met with President Barack Obama he told him to make U.S more friendly to manufacturing.

"The meeting actually lasted forty-five minutes, and Jobs did not hold back. 'You're headed for a one-term presidency,' Jobs told Obama at the outset. To prevent that, he said, the administration needed to be a lot more business-friendly. He described how easy it was to build a factory in China, and said that it was almost impossible to do so these days in America, largely because of regulations and unnecessary costs."

With Apple's profits already skyrocketing and plenty of options available in the US to source and manufacture do you think Apple should reconsider outsourcing?


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