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Auto industry jobs up 31 percent since 2010, says report on Metro Detroit economy


By Dana Afana

January 25, 2017

In a report released Wednesday on the state of Metro Detroit’s economy, employment figures show that jobs in the automotive industry have dramatically increased over the last seven years.

Since 2010, employment in the automotive sector grew by 31 percent, or 27,000 jobs, according to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s State of the Region report.

Employment in Southeast Michigan motor vehicle manufacturing rose from 87,655 jobs in 2010 to 117,645 in 2014, before dropping slightly to 114,591 in 2016, according to the report.

Mechanical and industrial engineers saw the largest growth by nearly 18,000 jobs, the SOR report says, and that more of these positions are created or filled in Michigan than any other state.

The report also shows that across Metro Detroit, the average salary for automotive jobs is $81,000.

Other statistics presented in the Chamber’s report show that income per capita in the region grew 13.6 percent since 2010. That number grew 4.2 percent from 2015 to 2016.

And median household income rose from $48,198 in 2010 to $53,628 in 2015.

Unemployment rates listed in the report, which included statistics from Ann Arbor, Flint and Monroe, saw a decline since 2009.

In 2016, Ann Arbor had the lowest unemployment rate in the region, at 4.1 percent, while Detroit and Flint were at six percent.

While Detroit serves as the epicenter of the automotive industry, an array of businesses in the manufacturing, healthcare and government fields drive the economy, according to the report.

Eleven Fortune 500 companies with Michigan headquarters are located within Metro Detroit, with the top two being General Motors Co. and Ford, which together reported more than $300 billion in revenue in 2015.

The other nine include: Penske Automotive Group, Lear, DTE Energy, Ally Financial, Autoliv, BorgWarner, Masco, Kelly Services and Visteon.

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