General Motors - number of employees 2019

General Motors Company's number of employees came to around 164,000 people in 2019. In 2017, the Detroit Big Three carmaker spun off its Opel and Vauxhall businesses, which is one of the reasons why employee figures dropped from 225,000 in 2016 to around 180,000 in 2017. In 2019, the decision to end production in several North American plants resulted in layoffs of around 8,000 salaried employees. GM had almost 69,000 salaried employees on the payroll in 2019.

About General Motors

General Motors, also known as GM, is the manufacturer of some of the oldest car brands worldwide, including Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick. In 2018, the company announced that it would undergo a staff transformation: 15 percent of salaried and salaried contract staff are to be reduced. In 2015, the United Automobile Workers union ratified a contract with GM which expired in September 2019, and many of the 50,000 employees represented by unions went on a strike against GM. The UAW voiced its approval for a new deal in October 2019.

Number of General Motors employees between FY 2010 and FY 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

FY 2010 to FY 2019

Supplementary notes

As of December 31; values for years prior to 2019 were taken from previous financial statements.

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