Brown misses the point – it is productivity dude

Russ Steele

The Sacramento Bee has the story:

Gov. Jerry Brown said this evening that California is losing manufacturing at a rate no faster than the rest of the country, telling the TV show host and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm the problem is a national one.

“This is the place where Facebook started, where Hewlett-Packard started, where Steve Jobs built Apple Computer just a few miles from where we’re sitting,” California’s Democratic governor said on Current TV’s “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. “This is a place of innovation.”

Governor, where does Apple manufacture the iPhone, iPad and iPod?  China.  We my be the center if innovation, but manufacturing is done off shore, or out of California.

Even more important is that manufacturing jobs are declining around the world, as automation takes over more of the assembly process. Workers are able to produce more manufactured goods with fewer workers. Productivity is up and growing higher, resulting in the need for fewer manufacturing workers.


This chart is a bit dated, but nothing has changes to improve the situation, as the robotic technology advances the problem can only grow more of a challenge for political leaders.  The manufacturing unemployment problem is going to grow, year over years.




About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Brown misses the point – it is productivity dude

  1. Sean says:

    You gotta love Granholm. While she was governor of MI, the state’s unemployment rate hit 15.1% yet she felt the biggest problem facing her state was global warming. So when you can’t do anything about real problems, make up bigger ones you can do nothing about. I here she’s teaching at UC Berkely. She’s home.

  2. Bob W says:

    Manufacturing productivity has historically increased over time starting with the first use of implements to produce something. What might be interesting would be a graph of the rate of productivity increase fluctuation over this period. Such a graph would probably of little constructive use because quantification of this would be largely subjective. Perhaps best left to a liberal.

    Rather than evaluate the change in relationship between jobs and productivity it would be vastly more productive to consider the change in relationship between the amount of value added product and resource we export related to the amount of foreign capital we import for those exports. As simple as it seems the true root to our economic condition lies in our inability to recognize this age old basic concept.

  3. Russ says:

    California”s manufacturing decline has been about 33 percent, while neighboring and competitive states have also seen declines, according to data compiled by the California Manufacturing and Technology Association, but not as steep as this state. Texas’ decline has been 23 percent. Nevada’s is 18 percent, Arizona’s 28 percent, and Oregon’s 26 percent.

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