A new study released today by the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association shows that automotive parts manufacturing jobs have increased nearly 19 percent nationwide since 2012.
More than 871,000 Americans are currently directly employed by the automotive parts manufacturing industry — up from 734,000 in 2012 — representing 2.9 percent of the jobs in the total U.S. employment market and 2.4 of the U.S. gross domestic product. With indirect and employment-induced jobs, the total employment impact of the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry is 4.3 million jobs, an increase of nearly 18 percent from 3.3 million in 2012.
“Never before has the mobility industry had to embrace so many advances in vehicle technology so quickly and on a global scale,” says Steve Handschuh, president and CEO of the association. “These numbers show that MEMA and its member companies are driving innovation, jobs, and economic growth in the U.S. by combining manufacturing and technology. The mobility industry is a significant contributor to the growth of the manufacturing and high-tech sectors.”
The report also indicated Michigan was the top state for auto parts production employment, with 125,909 people currently employed in the industry. Other top states include: Ohio (96,238), Indiana (88,306), Tennessee (50,128), and Kentucky (47,658).
MEMA and its four specialized divisions comprise the leading international trade association in the mobility industry, represents vehicle suppliers, and serves as a bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing.
The full report is available here.