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Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:55

Apple disappoints local residents

Written by Nick Farell


Huge data centre did not bring jobs

Apple recently completed a massive $1 billion data centre to help power its cloud computing products is proving a huge disappointment to the locals.

After the outfit got all the sweeteners in the world to set up shop in the North Carolina foothills region locals expected it to bring shedloads of jobs. However so far only 50 people have been hired on the site and rumours suggest that it has not even been switched on.

Residents can’t comprehend how expensive facilities stretching across hundreds of acres can create so few jobs, especially after thousands of positions in the region have been lost to cheaper foreign competition. The tame Apple press claims it is because a data centre does not need that many staff, however it is a moot point if it is working yet. Much of Apple's cloud appears to be using Amazon's servers. Of course Jobs' Mob are not saying anything.

The consensus among some residents is that the only people who benefited from Apple’s data center are Donnie and Kathy Fulbright. Apple paid them $1.7 million for their land, and the Fulbrights built themselves a new home nearby.

However North Carolina legislators are still bending over backwards to give Apple sweetners for setting up the site. The state’s corporate income tax law was even changed to let Apple get $46 million in tax breaks.

State officials are now admitting that cloud computing does not create as many jobs as traditional industries, but at least the construction jobs are important and that data centers are just one tactic in a host of economic development strategies.

More here.

Nick Farell

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+3 #1 Fud_u 2011-12-01 12:51
What can I say, every company is beginning to shipped job oversea. Despite Apple being US company, all the parts are either in China or somewhere else that is dirt cheap. I don't feel bad for not supporting Apple one bit. Paying too much for so little in return. You know you just buying it for looks. Face it, it's true.
+4 #2 Bl0bb3r 2011-12-01 15:49
Quoting Fud_u:
I don't feel bad for not supporting Apple one bit.

Feeling bad? No, you should feel great for NOT supporting them.

It's not just parts that apple makes in Asia, but finished products as well, all you pay them for is going in their pockets.

Granted there is also the side of the sweat-shop workers that are glad to even make this less, but then again, Apple could put less in their bank accounts and financials to brag about, and more in their workers salaries, Asians oversea or not, for people to feel bad about not supporting them.
0 #3 _Kilorad_ 2011-12-05 18:15
The jobs were going to be created in constructing the multi-million dollar facility, connecting the underground cabling, etc., not so much in the running and maintenance of the data center.

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