• Jan 17, 2011
The fourth quarter of 2010 showed strengthening auto sales, and analysts believe 2011 will reveal further sales growth. That will likely lead to more profit for automakers, and The Detroit News reports that Michigan jobs could follow. The report cites findings by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) that show up to 23,000 new Michigan jobs in 2011 alone.

That's a huge number of high wage jobs in a region still burdened with unemployment levels over 10 percent, and a big reason the Mitten State is projected to be a jobs winner is a shift in the competitive landscape. Ford and General Motors are making money in a down auto market and Chrysler was breaking even even before refreshing most of its vehicle lineup. CAR points out that the Detroit Three are also competitive on labor and legacy costs, quality and manufacturing efficiency, which frees up more money for product development.

CAR has reportedly been able to track at least $5.6 billion in announced projects in Michigan over the past 24 months, and the industry continues to recover from the Great Recession; a number that stands a good chance of increasing.

[Source: Detroit News | Image: M. Spencer Green/AFP/Getty]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I really do hope that the UAW doesn't mess this up for the domestic automakers. I also hope the UAW realizes that the better and more successful the automakers are the more likely there will be more jobs created for UAW workers. And, more jobs in America no matter who they are for is an excellent thing.

      ...maybe now would be a good time to start buying up those cheap homes in the Detroit area and fixing them up. Who knows, Detroit could be a nice place again if the automakers get fired up good.
      • 3 Years Ago
      $14 is better than the $8 that im making now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice news, but if you've been paying attention to Bob(The Creep)King, the UAW stands ready and waiting to stop this momentum in its tracks..count on it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Unions themselves aren't bad, they help prevent things like the Pinkertons and extremely low wages, it's only when the union itself is corrupt and doesn't care if the company goes bankrupt and the workers lose their jobs when it's a problem.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry but if Unions aren't bad then how do you explain that it takes more training to show someone how to make a Big Mac than it does to show someone how to screw a few bolts yet the bolt screwer is paid around 80K with all benefits included while the Big Mac maker makes about 16K and no benefits?

        Maybe the UAW should change their name to McWU (Mc Workers Union) if they really want to help someone!

        They are thieves and are specifically why the domestic auto industry suffered for so long. They strangled the blood and money form the companies which made it so domestic companies couldn't adapt quickly (didn't have the money to do it) and caused imports to leap ahead!

        Know why that's not the case now? Because Union's were told to get their greedy hands out of the company bank accounts OR everyone goes home with what's behind door number 0. Ends up that US companies were able to adapt and improve so much that Ford is kickin' Honda and Toyo's arses in every freakin aspect!

        Unions! They're so 1940!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow look at that ........ 5 billion plus .... Screw it let's keep buying imports .... Why would you want to create any wealth here
        • 3 Years Ago
        Took the words out of my mouth.
        • 3 Years Ago
        because this is where we live.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will never get over the stupidity of the auto execs.

      Why would you create jobs in America when you could instead create jobs in China and big executive bonuses here?

      I mean, who here doesn't admire China's human rights record?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are you shouting? Do you think we are deaf here?
      • 3 Years Ago
      With this announcement being made, I'm sure the people of Michigan will not let Bob King get in their way of a healthy recovery. The days of union clout are over.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i'm kinda pessimist on this one
      • 3 Years Ago
      'Caps Lock' is on the left side of your keyboard. ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      good for the State of Michigan, I guess, but it's funny that the photo is of the Chicago Assembly Plant ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get ready for "The Great Obama" to claim he "saved or created 23,000,000 new auto jobs" in 2011.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        And your point being...? Political views aside, I see it highly unlikely that President Obama would not campaign about any improvement in Michigan, considering he carried that state by 16% in 2008.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      wat
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