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Japanese Auto Industry Employment in U.S. Grows by 5% in 2012


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WASHINGTON--May 30, 2013: The total number of workers employed directly and indirectly by the Japanese auto industry in the United States has risen 5% from 2011 to 2012, according to new figures released today by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) USA office. Japanese-branded auto industry investment in the U.S. is also up, at $35.4 billion for 2012.

“The Japanese auto industry has also added to its significant total investment in the U.S. from 2011 to 2012. In a time of middling economic news at best, the Japanese auto industry in the U.S. is a welcome success story for America.”

"Japanese automakers and related dealerships continue to expand their employment in the United States and this data reflects their commitment to quality jobs in communities throughout the U.S," said Ron Bookbinder, General Director of JAMA USA. "The Japanese auto industry has also added to its significant total investment in the U.S. from 2011 to 2012. In a time of middling economic news at best, the Japanese auto industry in the U.S. is a welcome success story for America."

The following data points relating to 2012 are now available:

Employment (number of employees)

-- Manufacturing - 57,939 2011: 53,693
-- R&D -- 4,196 2011: 4,013
-- Distributors -- 18,899 2011: 14,967
-- Dealerships -- 327,477 2011: 315,583
-- TOTAL -- 408,511 2011: 388,256

Japanese Total Investment: $35,444,000,000

2011: $34,027,000,000

See the data: JAMA

These data sets are part of an ongoing series of 2012 employment, investment, production and export data that will be released in the next three months of 2013. This data confirms the findings of Dr. Thomas Prusa, Rutgers University Economist, who earlier this month published The Contribution of the Japanese-Branded Automotive Industry to the United States Economy, a study that asserted the Japanese auto industry in the United States has emerged as a major contributor to the U.S. economy.

To view the full Prusa study, go to: Prusa Study