An interesting pair of viewpoints on manufacturing jobs in the Sunday Sacramento Bee.
Chris Thornburg and Jon Haveman of Beacon Economics shred a recent Milken Institute report on manufacturing jobs promoted by Jack Stewart in the other forum article.
Beacon (Thornburg and Haveman) are very good at what they do. You have to respect private consulting economists who have the guts to criticize the "chamber of commerce" point of view, because that usually isn't good for business.
Although there are serious issues with costs in California, I am cautiously optimistic about manufacturing in the state after we emerge from the recession.