Detroit Automakers Set to Hire 46,000

April 15, 2008

Forget the doom-and-gloom. If a new report is right, job prospects could be looking good at the Big Three, with a hiring binge set to begin by Fall of this year and running through to the middle of the next decade.

The report, prepared by the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research, projects that 46,000 new auto workers will be hired in Michigan alone by 2016.”The bleeding will stop, proclaimed Kristin Dziczek, a CAR project manager.

Well, the hemorrhaging will, but there’s a down side to the new study. Overall employment will continue to decline, with more workers leaving the industry, through buy-outs and attrition, than will be joining on. The CAR report said in Michigan alone, the number of autoworkers will drop from 129,00 today, to just 108,430 by 2016.

On top of that, many of the new hires will be coming in at much lower wages and with smaller benefit packages than the employees they replace. The United Autoworkers Union approved a two-tier package, last year, and those in the lower echelon will make $14 an hour compared to top-tier wages of $26 an hour.

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