Michigan expected to see boost in automotive staffing

11.30.2011


Michigan expected to see boost in automotive staffing
Michigan expected to see boost in automotive staffing

Michigan, the center of the auto manufacturing industry in the U.S., will reportedly see a spike in automotive staffing over the next four years, according to the Center for Automotive Research.

The Detroit Free Press reports the Big Three automakers are expected to add a total of 33,000 positions in the state by 2015, including an estimated 12,000 for salaried workers.

Kristin Dziczek, director of the Center for Automotive Research's labor group, told the news source that in addition to the growth of the Big Three, automotive staffing as a whole is expected to climb 28 percent over the same period.

"About 100,000 to 150,000 people need to be hired by suppliers over the next four years," Dziczek said. "That's a big job."

According to the Detroit News, approximately 52 percent of automotive workers in the U.S. are currently in Michigan, with Dziczek forecasting that number to reach two-thirds by 2015.

The increase in automotive staffing could potentially help lower Michigan's unemployment rate, which currently sits at 9.2 percent, according to the state's Department of Technology, Management & Budget.