A minicomputer like the PDP-8 contained several thousand discrete transistors and other components, all of which had to be soldered by hand, and that was among the simplest computers on the market; larger minicomputers and mainframes could contain hundreds of thousands of hand-assembled components. How many hours of labor did it take to do this assembly? (All labor input, from when components are delivered to the factory, to when finished machines roll out.)
Ideally I would like to gain a comprehensive understanding of how labor cost varied as a function of component count, but finding statistics for this will be potluck, so I will happily accept an answer that finds numbers for any computer or calculator prior to when wave soldering changed the picture. Failing that, I would be interested in figures for other electronic devices such as radios or TV sets of that era, if accompanying component counts are available to make them comparable.