Nearly a third of Oregon's labor force comes from manufacturing. That's just about the highest percentage in the country, and it owes a whole lot of the credit to Intel's factory just outside of Portland in Hillsboro. In fact, the Hillsboro plants and factories in California and Arizona produce more than 75% of the company's processors. Considering that 75% of Intel's processors then head overseas, Intel is doing its part to balance out the trade deficit a bit. It also seems to have convinced its overseas rivals that the U.S. is fertile ground for microprocessor production, as rival Samsung began producing its A5 chip for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPad at a factory in Austin in 2011.
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