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Big Three automakers gaining jobs, now near pre-bankruptcy levels

With the announcement that General Motors will add 4,000 new jobs around the country, the total number of workers for the Big Three automakers is now approaching the levels from before the industry crash and resulting bankruptcies for GM and Chrysler.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

Ford, which restructured without federal aid, now has 76,000 workers — more than it had in 2008.

Ford also has promised to add 7,000 workers in the next two years, hiring that starts late this year.

Chrysler added 4,300 jobs last year, ending 2010 about 600 shy of its 2008 employment level of 52,200. It also plans to hire 1,000 more.

At GM, U.S. employment stands at 77,000. Based on its forecasts, GM could employ up to 85,000 in the U.S. in the next two years — closer to the 92,000 it had in 2008.

The auto industry has added a total of 115,000 jobs since GM and Chrysler completed their restructurings as sales have consistently grown.

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