Automakers struggle to hire, keep workers — with some quitting by lunch

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Automakers struggle to hire, keep workers as labor shortages persist

  • Labor shortages are a nationwide problem that’s reverberated to the biggest carmakers in the world.
  • The challenge is serious enough that the Michigan Manufacturers Association has to aggressively promote auto manufacturing jobs.
  • Auto industry employers are not only competing with each other for talent, but also other industries with the same labor shortages.

DETROIT – The auto industry has its “hiring” signs out, but few are applying and some who do quit by lunchtime.  

It is a nationwide problem that’s hit small mom-and-pop suppliers and reverberated to the biggest carmakers in the world.

The challenge is serious enough that the Michigan Manufacturers Association has increased its budget and brought in a new director of workforce development to aggressively promote auto manufacturing jobs. 

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