Automotive manufacturing employment tends to be the topic of great debate in politics and everyday media. If a factory closes down in Canada and production of a vehicle is moved elsewhere, those manufacturing jobs tend to be lost forever. On the other hand, automotive service jobs are less concerning in this regard largely due to the fact that if an outlet closes generally another will open up to fill that gap. While maintaining a strong manufacturing presence is important, there are multiple variables to consider when looking at overall automotive employment and growth in the sector.
In this month’s Observations Dennis looksat the current environment for automotive manufacturing and automotive service outlets. Topics of discussion include manufacturing productivity, employment loss and the outlook for automotive employment in the near future.