The state of Michigan has been especially hard-hit by the Great Recession, slow auto sales and the 2009 bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler, but there appears to be a bit of employment help on the way from an unlikely source. Drive reports that Tata Motors subsidiary Tata Technologies is looking to hire 400 workers at its Detroit-area technical center. Tata Technologies is a supplier for several auto companies in North America.

Tata is looking for designers, engineers and professionals with experience dealing with product lifecycle, and these aren't jobs that will be filled over some prolonged period of time. Tata plans to expand by January 3, 2011 to fill what communications director Dan Saad says "are a result of new automotive program work our engineering and our PLM/Consulting groups have won over the past months."

We're thinking that these jobs will come as welcome news to hundreds of families. And with many of those jobs being filled in time for the holidays, we can't think of much better timing.

[Source: Drive | Image: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty]