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Help Wanted: Automakers Can’t Fill All the Jobs

U.S. auto industry on a hiring binge and struggling to find necessary workers.

by on Apr.03, 2012

Automakers can't meet demand for all their open jobs.

The jobs were there, more than 1,000, according to the Engineering Society of Detroit, with everyone from the Detroit automakers to Korea’s Hyundai looking to hire.  What, or more precisely, who weren’t there were the job-seekers.

March was another good month for the U.S. auto industry, which is expected to report another month of double-digit, year-over-year sales gains today.  After years, of cutting back production – closing dozens of plants and eliminating an estimated 88,000 jobs during the Great Recession – that means automakers are racing to build back up production capacity.  They’re also looking to fill empty slots in design, engineering and other departments cut to the bone during the industry’s worst downturn in decades.

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Detroit makers alone have created 10s of thousands of jobs since hitting bottom in 2009 with the bankruptcy of Chrysler and General Motors.  And their foreign-owned rivals are also putting out the “Help Wanted” signs.  Volkswagen is already planning a second round of hiring at its new assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  BMW is expanding at its factory in South Carolina.  Hyundai’s Alabama assembly line needs more help to meet booming demand.


Domestics, Transplants Adding More Auto Jobs

Chrysler, VW, Honda responding to booming sales.

by on Feb.02, 2012

Chrysler will add another 1,000 U.S. workers to support production of the Dodge Dart.

The strong upturn in U.S. car sales will translate into a wave of new jobs for American auto workers.  Chrysler, Volkswagen and Honda all are announcing plans to expand production – meaning more workers – at plants across the country.

The biggest increase announced this week comes at Chrysler.  During a call to discuss the maker’s $183 million profit for 2011, CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the maker will add another 1,000 workers at a plant in Belvidere, Illinois.  That will come in the form of a third shift to handle production of the new Dodge Dart sedan.

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Chrysler has added thousands of jobs in the last 12 months and is preparing to ramp up production – and employment at several other facilities, including about 1,600 workers who will man a third shift at the Jeep plant near downtown Detroit and another Motor City facility that will begin production of the newly-updated Dodge Viper sports car later this year.

But the domestic makers – Ford and General Motors also on a hiring binge – aren’t alone, a new study suggesting 100,000 U.S. auto jobs will be added this year and next.


Auto Industry to Add Nearly 200,000 U.S. Jobs

Car business again a key driver of the economy.

by on Dec.01, 2011

Workers at a Ford plant in Detroit. The maker will add thousands of jobs as part of its new UAW contract.

There’s an old adage that when the economy catches a cold the auto industry comes down with pneumonia, as was apparent when Detroit’s makers struggled for survival in 2009, two of the Big Three plunging into bankruptcy. But with the overall economy now struggling to turn around it seems that the auto industry is pushing it into high gear – car sales showing newfound momentum and –according to a new study – carmakers getting ready to go on a hiring spree.

A new study by The Center for Auto Research estimates the U.S., auto industry will add 60,000 new jobs next year, and 190,000 jobs between now and 2015.

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Detroit’s three makers and their “transplant” rivals have already added or announced plans to add tens of thousands of new workers but the CAR study suggests the bulk of the new jobs it is anticipating will be added by automotive suppliers.


Car Sales on the Rebound – Will Workers Benefit – Especially in Detroit?

Job cuts largely over, but how many new jobs will follow?

by on Jan.17, 2011

Vehicles roll down a Ford assembly line.

“We’re back,” shouted Detroit radio host Paul W. Smith at the gala public opening of the North American International Auto Show.

The flood of consumers onto the show floor – which is running at a higher level than the Detroit Auto Show has seen in years – suggests a new level of confidence among both potential car buyers and the folks who build those automobiles.  A long-running series of studies by Comerica Bank has routinely found a direct link between auto show attendance and actual automotive purchases.

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Most analysts, such as J.D. Powers and Associates, are now forecasting car sales will jump from around 11 million last year to somewhere close to 12.5 million in 2011, with the optimists nudging that even higher.  Paul Taylor, chief economist for the National Auto Dealer Association, forecasts sales will nip 12.9 million.

Considering U.S. auto sales peaked, a decade ago, at just over 17 million, “A couple years ago we would have been horrified” to be selling so few cars, says Rebecca Lindland, chief analyst with IHS Automotive.  But it’s all relative, she admits, especially in light of the dismal 9 million sales of 2009, so anything pointing up is definitely a better direction than the industry has seen the last few years.

Just ask anyone on the unemployment lines in Michigan, where the jobless rate has been running significantly above the national average – in some regions, like Detroit, nearly double.