In the early days of personal computers, manufacturing was not as automated as it later became, and a factory would often consist of people sitting at tables placing components by hand.
I'm interested in how much labor went into each computer. Not talking about what went into making the chips etc, or driving the trucks or selling on the retail floor, but just into the manufacturing of computers from components.
I would be interested in figures for any of the early personal computers, but to pick one for the sake of definiteness, say the Apple II; one related account I did find for the Apple I, the very first batch of that first computer that company made, 50 machines to be assembled (though at that time that just meant the circuit board and components thereon) for Paul Terrell's Byte Shop in 30 days; this was just barely accomplished by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ron Wayne, Patricia Jobs and Dan Kottke (exhaustive list?). Say they averaged five hours a day (some of them had day jobs), so that's 5 x 5 x 30 = 750 hours, divided by 50 machines is 15 hours per machine. Later machines were more complex, but processes became more efficient; would those factors more or less cancel each other out?
How much labor (in hours, dollars or as a percentage of parts cost, wholesale price or retail price) did it take to assemble an Apple II?