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2013-06-10 10:46

NOW HIRING...EVERYONE: US automaker’s scramble to hire more workers to meet the rising demand of vehicle production and parts supply.Image: AFP

DETROIT, Michigan — US automakers have begin a hiring spree as manufacturers and parts suppliers race to snap up engineers, technicians and factory workers.

The new employees will be part of a larger US automotive workforce.

According to the Detroit News, some auto and parts companies are doing something they’ve been reluctant to consider since the recession - adding more floor space and spending millions on new equipment.

35 000 JOBS BY THE END OF 2013

Michael Robinet, managing director of IHS Automotive, said: “We’re really bumping up against the edge, It really is bricks-and-mortar time.”

The US government said employers added 175 000 jobs in May. At 7.6%, US unemployment remains well above the 5 %- 6% typical of a healthy economy.

Vehicle sales for 2013 could reach 15.5-million, the highest in six years, reports Detroit News.

Since January - May 2013 automakers and parts companies hired 8000 people. The Centre for Automotive Research expects the industry to add 35 000 by the end of 2013.

Chrysler, Honda, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Ford plan to add more than 13 000 people this year.

Here's part of the breakdown:

• Chrysler will add more than 3500 people at factories in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan to make transmissions and to build Jeeps and Ram pickups.

• Ford expects to hire 2200 salaried staff in information technology, product development and manufacturing. The automaker is hiring 1400 factory workers and recalling another 2000 laid-off employees in Michigan and Missouri.

• GM is hiring 4000 engineers and computer professionals at four technical centers in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Texas to develop software and other innovations.

• Honda is adding at least 500 jobs this year at factories in Ohio, Indiana and Alabama as it moves more production to North America.

• At TRW Automotive, recruiters are looking for 50 engineers in the Detroit area to work on new safety features such as a system that warns drivers when large animals are in their path.

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