WASHINGTON—The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association shows automotive parts manufacturing jobs in the U.S. have increased 19 percent since 2012.
According to the report, released Jan. 26, more than 871,000 Americans are directly employed by the automotive parts manufacturing industry compared to 734,000 in 2012. It represents 2.9 percent of the jobs in the total U.S. employment market and 2.4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product.
The total employment impact—both indirect and employment-induced—of the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry is 4.26 million jobs, an increase of nearly 18 percent from 3.26 million in 2012.
"Never before has the Mobility Industry had to embrace so many advances in vehicle technology so quickly and on a global scale," Steve Handschuh, president and CEO of MEMA, said during a media event at the Washington Auto Show. "These numbers show that MEMA and its member companies are driving innovation, jobs, and economic growth in the U.S. by combining manufacturing and technology. The Mobility Industry is a significant contributor to the growth of the manufacturing and high-tech sectors. And MEMA is pulling it all together."
The motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry contributes $270 billion in total employee compensation, which is up 22 percent from $221 billion in 2012, according to the report. Economic contribution to the U.S. GDP generated by the motor vehicle parts manufacturing industry and its supported activity tops $435 billion.
The full report, including state-by-state employment numbers, is available here. MEMA and its four specialized divisions comprise an international trade association that represents vehicle suppliers who manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks.
MEMA's members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association and Original Equipment Suppliers Association.