Automakers and their suppliers are America’s largest manufacturing sector, responsible for 3% of America’s GDP.2 No other manufacturing sector generates as many American jobs. Not only are they America’s largest exporters, they also buy hundreds of billions of dollars worth of American steel, glass, rubber, iron, and semiconductors each year. They are also among America’s largest investors in R&D.
FCA US, Ford, and General Motors produce more of their vehicles, buy more of their parts, and conduct more of their R&D in the U.S. than their competitors. As a result, they employ nearly two out of three U.S. autoworkers and operate three out of five American auto assembly plants. Over the past six years alone, FCA US, Ford, and General Motors have announced investments of more than $34 billion in their U.S. assembly, engine and transmission plants, R&D labs, headquarters, administrative offices, and other infrastructure that connects and supports them.
FCA US, Ford, and General Motors produced 5.8 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2018, with the help of 238,000 employees at 260 assembly plants, manufacturing facilities, research labs, distribution centers, and other facilities across 31 states in 128 congressional districts. They work with nearly 9,700 dealerships, which employ nearly 660,000 U.S. workers.
Nationwide, FCA US, Ford, and General Motors’s auto suppliers employ more than 871,000 U.S. workers.
2020 US Economic Contribution Report
For additional information on the U.S. economic contribution of FCA US, Ford and General Motors, please review the 2020 State of The U.S. Automotive Industry.