This is one of the most comprehensive stories on the snapshot of Silicon Valley today. It's data-driven, well backed up by figures and statistics... it sure makes us all want to believe that we are witnessing "the Second Half has begun," just as the author told me.
In some ways, particularly in Silicon Valley, much depends on how one defines manufacturing. For example, a recent study on technology jobs found that apps for smartphones, tablets and social media have created an estimated 466,000 jobs in the U.S. since 2007, the year the iPhone was introduced. Whether apps qualify as "making stuff" is debatable, but something is being produced and innovation is advancing.
The apps study is here:
George, on that comment, I have often argued with colleagues and professionals as to why we even call it Silicon Valley... not much Silicon gets fab'd there any more! Perhaps we should rename it to Web Valley or Internet Valley or something along those lines! North of Sunnyvale, software dominates the scene allthe way to San Francisco.
I only addressed two topics in more detail (population movement and innovation) which are closely tied to the advance of the Valley. Housing is still a sore issue BUT that may some what improve in some areas, now that Facebook has many new millionaires! Today's NYT has an article:
If Silicon Valley Costs a Lot Now, Wait Until the Facebook Update...
I wonder what those new millionaire home owners will paint their 'Wall' with? :-)
You are right, resistion. The 2012 Silicon Valley Index report does say that between 2009 and 2010, Silicon Valley lost "Manufacturing" jobs by 6 percent; and between 2010 and 2011, it lost by 13 percent.
Meanwhile, employment related to "information products & services" gained 6 percent.
I wonder exactly what sort of "manufacturing" jobs we are losing in Silicon Valley -- more specifically?
I believe that low-skill manufacturing jobs are giving way to robotics and other more mechanized manufacturing. My bet would be that a scan of job listings would show more skilled trade jobs and fewer button pushers.