In the grim days of 2009, America's auto industry, and the millions it employed, appeared to be teetering on the edge of the abyss. But since then, a frenzy of car buying and new fuel efficiency standards have brought thousands of jobs back to the exact parts of the country that most desperately need them. David... Read More »
By Pete Bigelow, AOL Autos
Strengthened interest by consumers and government in fuel-efficient vehicles has accelerated job growth throughout the U.S. auto industry, according to a recent report by a consortium of environmental advocates.
The U.S. has added 236,600 jobs in the industry since June 2009, and... Read More »
By Tami Luhby
NEW YORK -- Many jobless claims workers in the state of Michigan will soon be filing for unemployment themselves.
About 400 state workers who process unemployment claims are losing their jobs, thanks to Michigan's improving economy. Read More »
By Steven C. Johnson
NEW YORK, July 24 -- U.S. manufacturing this month expanded at its slowest pace since late 2010, hobbled by weak overseas demand for American goods, though a rise in domestic orders helped cushion the blow.
Financial information firm Markit said on Tuesday its U.S. "flash" manufacturing... Read More »
By Erik Schelzig
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Volkswagen says it will create 800 new jobs at its Chattanooga plant to ramp up production of the Passat.
The German automaker said Thursday's announcement brings the total new positions at the plant to 1,000 this year. Read More »
By Ken Thomas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama hailed the rebound of the U.S. auto industry on Tuesday, trumpeting an economic story he hopes to use to his political advantage in key Rust Belt states such as Michigan and Ohio. In a not-so-veiled shot at Republican presidential front-runner Mitt... Read More »
By Tom Krisher
DETROIT (AP) -- After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for a second straight year of growth - the result of easier credit, low interest rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the Great Recession.
The sales forecast bodes well for the industry's... Read More »
By Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher
DETROIT -- Car buyers kept visiting dealerships in July, but not in big enough numbers to shake the auto industry's unease about its recovery.
Analysts predicted only a slight rise in U.S. sales of new cars and trucks for July. A lack of discounts and continuing shortages... Read More »
DETROIT -- Top U.S. tire maker Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. stopped production at its manufacturing facility in Union City, Tenn., and will close the facility, the company said on Monday.
The plant has about 1,800 workers and is a top employer in the city of about 10,500.
Goodyear had planned to shut the... Read More »
By Dee-Ann Durbin
DETROIT -- Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.
Two years after the end of the Great Recession, the auto... Read More »
BEDFORD, Ind. -- General Motors Co. is investing $49 million in its Bedford, Ind., plant, a move that will help to create or keep 91 jobs.
Wednesday's news is part of an effort GM announced May 10 to create or retain about 4,000 jobs by investing $2 billion in 17 factories in eight states.
The auto maker said... Read More »
Even as the U.S. economy has been slow to boost employment, the number of jobs in the manufacturing sector has grown steadily amid the recovery. That's led some observers to suggest that a Rust Belt Renaissance has firmly taken root in the nation's heartland.
The region's most renowned industry, vehicle... Read More »
General Motors says it will add 2,500 jobs at a Detroit-area plant that now makes the Chevrolet Volt electric car.
The company plans to invest $69 million in the Detroit-Hamtramck (Ham-TRAM-ick) factory and add two shifts of workers so the plant can make the new Chevrolet Malibu midsize car and the Impala large... Read More »
General Motors just announced its planning to invest $109 million in its operations in Flint and Bay City, Mich., and will protect or add 96 jobs at the two sites, in the process. The investment is being made to support engine production for current and future fuel-efficient small cars produced for the U.S.... Read More »
One of the important things to remember about the recovery of the American auto industry is that when one model is a hit, it's not just good news for the specific manufacturer that puts it out -- it means more profits -- and more jobs -- for all the companies that provide parts.
Such is the case with Ford's... Read More »
There's no denying that workers in the auto industry were hard-hit by the recession. A quick look at Michigan's unemployment rate over the past few years -- which peaked at 14.5 percent in December 2009 -- confirms that a lot of jobs were lost in the home of the Big Three automakers. But that doesn't mean the... Read More »