Michigan hiring rebounds as payrolls strengthen

Michigan residents received good news on Monday when the Center for Automotive Research announced hiring statewide is expected to result in positive gains for the first time in a decade, the Detroit Free Press reports. If that prediction holds true, it will mark the first time since 2001 that job prospects are actually improving in the state.

As expected, hiring in the automotive industry will set the place. The Center for Automotive Research predicts that greater demand for workers and renewed employee recruiting efforts will translate into 23,000 new hourly and salaried jobs in 2011. Such a number would drastically cut into 71,500 auto industry jobs lost between 2008 and 2009.

"We are really going on a binge," said Kristin Dziczek, director of CAR's Labor & Industry Group.

Meanwhile, during an announcement at the Detroit Auto Show, Mark Fields - Ford's president of the Americas - said the company plans to add 7,000 jobs in the United States over the next two years.

“We can grow our business, we can provide jobs for American workers," Fields stated at the auto show, according to the Free Press.

Michigan currently possesses a 12 percent unemployment rate, but has sliced 2.9 percent off that figure since reaching a recession-high 14.9 percent in January 2010. 

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