35B$ Boeng mega contract to create jobs in low-cost US locations: what about high cost States?

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The Boeing contract is great news and there are some lucky folks in Washington State and Kansas who will find jobs. Both State Governors and leaders pulled out all the stops to help Boeing with the sale  that took  10 (yes ten !) years. Talk about a long B2B sales cycle with numerous twists and turns.

Interestingly, the locations where  Boeing will create jobs are  comparatively  low-cost viz. Everett Washington and Wichita Kansas. Airbus. the competing French company, also had a low cost location in Mobile, Alabama but I guess two locations with jobs sound better than one. So if you are an aerospace worker in a high cost location like Hartford,Connecticut you are looking at a  colleague  with a cost of living and wage  that is about 25% less in Alabama and Kansas and about 10% less in Washington.Try the calculator here.

Washington State  has  a highly educated workforce  that come in cheaper than a similar workforce in say Connecticut or Massachusetts. The bulk of the lesser skilled jobs  will be  in Kansas. One has to wonder about folks in high cost locations that loose out as companies have to move to lower cost  locations  even within the US  for defense business where US production is mandatory. Yes suppliers' factories will get jobs across the US, nevertheless a big challenge for State leaders with high cost structures.

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