The New York Times has an excellent article on Sunday explaining the issues of jobs and why Apple makes products overseas. Check out the their article: How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work. They also have an excellent video further illustrating the issues of jobs in the United States. The video presents the job market as only having very lows and very highs with no one in the middle, but their is a large middle class, it is just that segment of the population should be growing, not contracting.
"But as Steve Jobs of Apple spoke, Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: What would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas.
Why can't that work come home? Obama asked.
Jobs' reply was unambiguous. "Those jobs aren't coming back," he said, according to another dinner guest.
The president's question touched upon a central conviction at Apple. It isn't just that workers are cheaper abroad. Rather, Apple's executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their U.S. counterparts that "Made in the USA" is no longer a viable option for most Apple products." from here.
It seems that politicians don't realize how complex the job ecosystem is and it is not really within their control whether there is job growth or not. But if a politician sounds uncertain of anything, they have few chances of getting elected, or staying in their own job.