Intel chief to join White House council on jobs

February 18, 2011 By DARLENE SUPERVILLE , Associated Press
President Barack Obama greets people waiting for him on the tarmac as he arrives on Air Force One, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in San Francisco, at San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(AP) -- Casting about for innovative job-creation ideas, President Barack Obama is naming one of his critics to an advisory council responsible for finding new ways to promote economic growth and bring jobs to the U.S.

Obama will name Intel Corp. CEO Paul Otellino to the jobs and competitiveness council during a visit to the company's semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Ore., on Friday, a official said.

The aide requested anonymity to speak before Obama's formal announcement.

As recently as September, Otellini complained that administration policies had created too much uncertainty for businesses and had failed to spark job growth or boost consumer confidence in the economy.

Otellini will appear with Obama on Friday. Obama created the council last month and named General Electric Co. chief executive Jeffrey Immelt as its chairman.

The president is on the West Coast promoting his agenda to make the U.S. more competitive globally.

Besides touring the semiconductor facility, Obama was to learn about programs the company has to encourage studies in science, technology, engineering and math, and get people the skills they need to compete for new high-tech jobs. He also was speaking about education's role in fostering job creation and innovation.

Continuing his outreach to business leaders, Obama traveled to the San Francisco Bay area Thursday for dinner with a dozen top innovators, including of , of and Steve Jobs of Apple, who is on his third medical leave as concern about his health mounts. Also present were the chief executives of Yahoo!, Oracle, NetFlix and , and the president of Stanford University.

Obama is pushing for new spending on innovation, education, high-speed rail, faster Internet service and other programs that he says will better position the U.S. to compete against other nations.

But Republicans are pushing back, arguing that government spending without restraint is actually hindering job creation. They want to slash the budget. The Republican-controlled House was also nearing a vote on whether to do just that by cutting $61 billion from government spending this year.

"We're broke," says House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, about the country's finances.

As that money fight raged in Washington, Obama left town Thursday on the latest in a series of weekly trips he's been taking to promote the competitiveness agenda he outlined in his State of the Union address.

With unemployment holding at 9 percent, a seal of approval from Silicon Valley's leading innovators could bolster Obama's sales pitch.

At the Woodside, Calif., home of venture capitalist John Doerr, Obama and the innovators brainstormed ideas. White House spokesman Jay Carney said afterward that Obama wants to keep exchanging ideas with the group "so we can work as partners to promote growth and create good jobs in the United States."

Over dinner, Obama discussed his proposals to spend on research and development and to expand incentives for companies to grow and hire, Carney said. The president also talked about his goal of doubling exports within five years to help support and create new jobs, his plans for spending on education and a new initiative to assist small businesses and start-up companies, he said.

The group also discussed ways to encourage people to study science, technology, engineering and math and to pursue careers in those fields, he said.

Despite Otellini's criticism of Obama, Intel is partnering with the administration on education.

Last year, Intel announced a 10-year, $200 million commitment to promote math and science education. It also is one of four companies that are working to help meet Obama's goal of getting the U.S. to first place in science and math education in a decade.

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not rated yet Feb 18, 2011
How about bringing existing jobs that have been outsourced back to the US? I hear them talking about creating new jobs in the technology sector, but that won't do any good as long as so many technology jobs are hemorrhaging to other countries. My company sent about 10k jobs to HP in India and another 10k jobs to IBM in the Philipenes in the last year and a half. Now we're in the process of being bought by a South American company so I expect many of the remaining corporate jobs to go there now. Lucky for me, we make a fresh food product that can't be shipped very far, so production must remain here in the region.

I've had 6 layoffs in the past 7 years. If my department doesn't survive the current buy-out, then this will make 7 for 7. My experience is common for people in technology jobs. There is a similar trend in back office support jobs like accounting, puchasing and payroll. The ripple effect through the economy when jobs are lost this way is huge.
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The group also discussed ways to encourage people to study science, technology, engineering and math and to pursue careers in those fields, he said

The number of people in the US who have training in those fields, but who are working two or three jobs at Burger King and Walmart is staggering. The unemployment number is around 9%, but if you also include people who are grossly underemployed then the true number of people who can't get the jobs they need is MUCH higher. Training more people for tech jobs that aren't here will not help them. This is from an Oct Gallup Poll:

Unemployment... increased to 10.1% in September

15.8% of Americans aged 18 to 29

underemployment shows a more modest increase to 18.8% in September

When you have student loans, a mortgage and maybe children (or worse yet, a child support payment because then you can't claim a dependent), working at a convienience store 80 hours a week doesn't cut it.
not rated yet Feb 18, 2011

Nobody in America gets it.

Technology does not create jobs. The whole point of technology is to reduce the work humans do and make work easier. Over time, automation has replaced human labor and accounting and pretty much everything.

The problem really is not a lack of jobs. The problem is an arcane economic system which is in no way prepared for a world where machines do more and more of the work.

We are transitioning to a situation where eventually "the Jetsons" really will be possible, but our leaders and selfish capitalists don't want it to happen.

As they outsource the few jobs that remain to foreign nations, they necessarily advance those nations' technology, which means that eventually they will run out of places to outsource.

There are also foreign currency scams involved, because the indian who makes a dollar a day somehow owns an automobile.
not rated yet Feb 18, 2011
IT jobs always work themselves out of a job. If you are a programmer, eventually you work the bugs out of the system and you aer no longer needed, or a new and improved system you helped develop is so good that you are no longer needed.

Automated troubleshooting, automated order placement and processing, etc.

Amazon could be fully automated warehouse for re-stocking and order selection with just a little bit more work on their systems. They would be able to just flat out fire/lay off almost all of their employees. If they made a few robots that look like "Johnny 5" that can roll around one wheels and pick up the items, then they'd not even need the few humans they have now, maybe a maintenance tech or two.

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