According to a Nov. 24 report in the Washington Post
's business section, an Apple data center in Maiden, N.C., that brought just 50 jobs to the town "hasn't stopped state and local officials from awarding huge financial incentives to some of the biggest names in computing — Apple, Google, Facebook — to locate their data centers in the battered North Carolina foothills region, where unemployment is near 13 percent. Cloud computing is a fast-growing sector of technology, allowing companies to store data and run software on off-site servers. The data centers that power the cloud and run programs such as Gmail and iTunes employ thousands of servers but only dozens of people.
The mismatch between investment and jobs created is illustrative of the structural unemployment challenges the country faces, experts say. ..."
From "Cloud Centers Bring High-tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-down Towns," Washington Post, by Michael S. RosenwaldRead the full article
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