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The biggest problem for America’s chips boom? The workers.

By Heather Long

,

Kai Ryssdal

and

Maria Hollenhorst

April 30, 2024 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

Students Jaxon Richardson and Jacob Allen in the flow loop room, which works as a plant simulator for the advanced manufacturing course at the Western Maricopa Education Center technical high school on April 24 in Buckeye, Ariz. (Cassidy Araiza for The Washington Post)

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This essay was reported by columnist Heather Long, Marketplace radio host Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace producer Maria Hollenhorst. A three-part radio series is airing on Marketplace this week. Listen here.

PHOENIX — Giant factories are rising up in the desert all around this city. It’s ground zero for President Biden’s massive bet that he can bring back to America one of the 21st century’s most important manufacturing jobs: making semiconductor chips. Congress approved $53 billion in funding, and the White House has just announced preliminary agreements to give billions in grants to corporations such as Intel, TSMC and Micron. Now comes the greatest challenge of all: finding enough workers to make it a reality.

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This essay was reported by columnist Heather Long, Marketplace radio host Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace producer Maria Hollenhorst. A three-part radio series is airing on Marketplace this week. Listen here.

PHOENIX — Giant factories are rising up in the desert all around this city. It’s ground zero for President Biden’s massive bet that he can bring back to America one of the 21st century’s most important manufacturing jobs: making semiconductor chips. Congress approved $53 billion in funding, and the White House has just announced preliminary agreements to give billions in grants to corporations such as Intel, TSMC and Micron. Now comes the greatest challenge of all: finding enough workers to make it a reality.

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Opinion

The biggest problem for America’s chips boom? The workers.

By Heather Long

,

Kai Ryssdal

and

Maria Hollenhorst

April 30, 2024 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

Students Jaxon Richardson and Jacob Allen in the flow loop room, which works as a plant simulator for the advanced manufacturing course at the Western Maricopa Education Center technical high school on April 24 in Buckeye, Ariz. (Cassidy Araiza for The Washington Post)

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