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

Motor vehicle and parts dealers in the United States had just under two million employees on their payrolls in August 2020. The number of motor vehicles and parts manufacturing employees amounted to around 905,000 people in August 2020, down from almost one million a year earlier. This downward trend in employment will likely continue, as projected automobile demand in the United States is slow.

Effects of prolonged work stoppages and waning demand

Employees are starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States in 2020. Factories were closed for a period of time, and 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. Automotive News forecasts a plunge in dealership throughput in 2020, compared with the previous year. 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 August 2010 and 2020, by sector

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United States

Survey time period

August 2010 to 2020

Supplementary notes

All figures are for May.

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 values are preliminary.

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