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Motor Vehicle Parts Suppliers are Nation’s Largest Employer of Manufacturing Jobs

Industry employs more than 734,000 workers and generates nearly $355 billion to economy, study finds

A new economic impact study confirms that the motor vehicle parts manufacturers industry, made up of the original equipment, aftermarket, heavy duty and remanufacturing sectors, is the largest employer of manufacturing jobs in the United States. The industry directly employs more than 734,000 American workers and generates nearly $355 billion in GDP contribution, or 2.3 percent of the total U.S. GDP.

The study, released by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) in collaboration with IHS, the leading global source of information and analytics, shows that the total employment impact for motor vehicle parts manufacturers in the U.S. was more than 3.62 million jobs in 2012.

“Motor vehicle parts manufacturers are the largest creators of manufacturing jobs in the nation. With a presence in all 50 states, this industry is important to the health and success of American manufacturing, and to the future of this country,” said Bob McKenna, president and CEO of MEMA.

Top 15 States for U.S. Direct Employment

States Direct Jobs
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Michigan 102,624
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Ohio 89,423
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Indiana 79,651
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Tennessee 48,284
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Kentucky 41,097
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Illinois 37,087
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Alabama 30,566
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Texas 29,422
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North Carolina 25,843
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South Carolina 24,569
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California 22,736
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Pennsylvania 21,130
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New York 19,005
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Missouri 16,648
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Georgia 16,287
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“The study conducted by IHS provides valuable information for policymakers on the industry’s overall impact on the U.S. economy,” said McKenna. “We hope the data will be used as a resource for our nation’s leaders to continue working to create a sustainable and vibrant manufacturing environment.”

The economic impact study is available as a PDF. The complete IHS economic analysis may be found here.

MEMA represents its members through four affiliate associations: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA); Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA); Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA); and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on the motor vehicle parts manufacturers industry, visit