Job Creation

The U.S. Auto Industry Drives Domestic Job Creation

From research labs and supplier factories to assembly lines and dealership showrooms, U.S. automakers, their suppliers, their dealerships, and the local businesses that support them are responsible for more than 7.25 million U.S. jobs. No manufacturing sector employs more U.S. workers.

Together, the 15 major automakers competing in the U.S. directly employ about 388,000 U.S. workers. FCA US, Ford, and General Motors employ 238,000 of these U.S. workers, meaning that FCA US, Ford, and General Motors employ nearly 2 out of 3 of America’s autoworkers.

The fact that FCA US, Ford, and General Motors account for 64% of U.S. auto jobs is remarkable, especially considering that they account for only 44% of U.S. market share.

FCA US, Ford, and General Motors produce more of their vehicles here, conduct more of their research here, and buy more of their parts here. As a result, they have based nearly seven times more of their global workforce in the U.S. than their competitors.


US Employment (YE 2018)



FCA US/Ford/ General Motors employ 2 out of 3 of America’s autoworkers, translating to 238,000 jobs.



Industries with Top 10 Highest Job Multipliers (2018)



  • Oct 01 2015

    AAPC Celebrates Manufacturing Day

    AAPC Celebrates Manufacturing Day
    American Automakers Continue Significant Investment in the U.S. Economy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow we celebrate Manufacturing Day and the extraordinary impact the automotive industry has on the manufacturing sector.

  • Sep 21 2015

    GM CEO Barra No. 1 on Fortune Most Powerful Women list

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra has been crowned tops in a new Fortune magazine list of the Most Powerful Women.

    The Detroit automaker’s top executive since early 2014, Barra, 53, was cited by Fortune for leading the carmaker “out from under the shadow of its 2014 ignition-switch recall.”

    The ignition-switch recall tied to 124 deaths has cost GM billions of dollars and it faces multiple lawsuits and investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, 50 state attorneys general and Transport Canada.

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  • Sep 11 2015

    GM Foundation Grants $1 Million to Hispanic Groups

    | Posted on GM News

    The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling $1 million to fund Hispanic education and science, technology, engineering and math initiatives to help empower young Latinos to join the workforce of the future.

    Grace Lieblein, General Motors vice president of Global Quality, announced the grants during a press conference at the National Press Club, where she was joined by GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter, Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., and representatives from Hispanic organizations.

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  • Aug 28 2015

    Flint Engine Builds Millionth 1.4-liter Engine

    | Posted on GM News

    No sooner had employees at Flint Engine Operations reached one milestone – 1 million 1.4-liter engines produced – that transition began to production of a new global engine for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

    Flint Engine, which opened in 2002, is in the midst of a $200-million upgrade that will see 1.4-liter engine production end this week and the new Ecotec small gas engine production start by year’s end.

  • Aug 27 2015

    General Motors gives back to Bowling Green

    Written by Lyndsey Gough | Posted on WBKO

    11 local non-profits and numerous GM employees met at the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green Wednesday morning.

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