New report: U.S. OE automotive parts manufacturing jobs up 23 percent

January 31, 2017 - A new study released by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), and parent company Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), shows that original equipment (OE) automotive supplier jobs in the U.S. have risen nearly 23.4 percent since 2012. More than 523,000 Americans are directly employed by the OE automotive supplier industry, up from 424,000 in 2012.

"Never before has the car and light duty truck market embraced so many advances in vehicle technology so quickly. These numbers show that automotive suppliers are directly driving innovation, jobs and economic growth in the U.S. by combining manufacturing and technology," said OESA President and CEO, Julie A. Fream. "With more than two-thirds of a car's value generated by suppliers, OE suppliers and manufacturers are working together to design and delivery technologies that save and improve lives." 

On a broader scale, U.S. automotive parts manufacturing jobs (which includes the entire Mobility Industry: Original Equipment, Aftermarket, Heavy Duty, Light Duty, Off-Highway; Commercial Vehicle and Others) have risen nearly 19 percent since 2012. Altogether, the automotive parts manufacturing industry directly employs more than 871,000, up from 734,000 in 2012.

Together with indirect and employment-induced jobs, the total U.S. employment impact of the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry is 4.26 million jobs, up from 3.26 million in 2012. This represents 2.9 percent of the jobs in the total U.S. employment market and 2.4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).

In addition, the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry contributes $270 billion in total employee compensation, which is up 22 percent from $221 billion in 2012. Overall, the report shows that the economic contribution to the U.S. GDP generated by the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry and its supported activity tops $435 billion.

The full report, including state-by-state employment numbers, is available here. The study and methodology was conducted by London-based IHS Markit.

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