According to Reuters, Jobs says the rash of suicides is "troubling", but that the Foxconn factory "is not a sweatshop".
It is important to note that the number of suicides at the Foxconn factory is below the national average. Suicides are typically higher in rural China, but factory workers tend to have a low suicide rate. Moreover, a high number of male factory workers have committed suicide — suicides are more common among Chinese females. It is also important to note that there are reports that about the oppressive work environment.
The Chinese government is getting involved to help prevent future suicides. "It's a difficult situation," Jobs said about the suicides. "We're trying to understand right now, before we go in and say we know the solution."
Foxconn manufactures the Apple iPod, iPhone and the iPad as well the Xbox 360, the PS3 and the Wii.