America's shifting auto jobs landscape
Plants are a Midwest fixture, but the South is gaining jobs
USA Today prepared a map showing the location of automobile manufacturing jobs in the United States. To no one's surprise, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana have the largest concentration of the manufacturing and parts jobs in the auto industry.
What emerges from the data is a picture of how the automobile manufacturing landscape is shifting. With companies such as Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen and Kia locating plants in the South, that region now has more than 250,000 automobile manufacturing and sales jobs, or the same number as Michigan. Tennessee and Kentucky lead the charge, and Tennessee will get a new Volkswagen plant on line by 2010.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey