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Only 3% of Michigan jobs are in the auto industry

In its heyday, the Michigan auto industry accounted for about 9% of all jobs in state

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D–Michigan, recently proclaimed that auto jobs are back on top in Michigan. James Hohman, budget director at Michigan Capitol Confidential, says new numbers prove otherwise.

At its apex, just under 10% of jobs in Michigan were in the auto and auto parts manufacturing sector. That number has now dropped to one out of 31 jobs in the auto industry.

There were 340,343 motor vehicle equipment manufacturing jobs in 1973 in Michigan and 3,857,800 jobs total in the state according to Bureau of Economic Analysis. That was about 9% of all jobs in the state. And that was 50 years ago.

There are currently 175,745 auto jobs in the state out of a total of 5,579,513. That accounts for about 3% of the jobs in Michigan.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.