Ford Plans to Add 7,000 U.S. Jobs

In another sign the auto industry is on a comeback, Ford Motor (F) reportedly will announce plans Monday to add 7,000 jobs to its U.S. workforce during the next two years in a variety of positions.

The plan includes the addition of 4,000 blue-collar jobs and 750 salaried positions this year, plus another 2,500 manufacturing jobs in 2012, The Detroit News reported. Ford plans to make the announcement at the North American International Auto Show, getting under way in Detroit.

"We are on a path to add more than 7,000 U.S. workers over the next two years as we continue to grow our product lineup," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, in a statement. "Working with our partners, including the UAW, Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want."

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It isn't known how many of the new positions will be created in Michigan, where Ford is based, the News noted.

Ford's hiring plan comes on the heels of a number of job-creation announcements by the nation's domestic automakers. Ford said in December it would add 1,800 jobs in Kentucky, where the car maker builds the Ford Escape compact SUV.

In October, Ford, General Motors (GM) and Chrysler Group received a combined $2.1 billion in tax credits from Michigan economic development officials to create thousands of new jobs in the state.

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