Number of employees in U.S. automotive industry by sector 2010-2020

Motor vehicle and parts dealers in the United States had some two million employees on their payrolls in February 2020. The number of motor vehicles and parts manufacturing employees amounted to around 996,500 people in February 2020, down from more than one million in February 2019. This downward trend in employment will likely extend into March, as most automotive manufacturers have brought production to a halt.

Effects of prolonged work stoppages

Employees are starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2020. If factories remain closed for an extended period of time, J.D. Powers estimates that the industry will produce between two and 2.5 million fewer vehicles, resulting in lost vehicle sales of up to about three million units. New light vehicle sales came to around 17 million units in 2019, slightly down from roughly 17.2 million units one year earlier.

Number of U.S. automotive industry employees between February 2010 and 2020, by sector

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United States

Survey time period

February 2010 to February 2020

Supplementary notes

All figures are for February.
The figures have been rounded.
Go to Motor vehicles and parts manufacturing back data and Motor vehicle and parts dealersback data and change formatting options to retrieve data.
The 2020 value is preliminary.

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