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.
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.