Ford outguns larger General Motors in terms of US factory workforce levels image

The second largest US automaker has managed to outgun its larger competitor – General Motors, also the world’s third largest carmaker – when it comes to the number of employed factory workers in the home country.

This might sound like trivia, but in fact it’s the first time Ford achieves the feat since at least the 1930s and comes after Ford slashed its hourly work force by more than 50 percent from 2005 to 2011. But it has been on a hiring spree ever since, lifting United Auto Workers union jobs – meaning factory workers – by around 10 each day since 2011. Company figures also show that it managed to outgrow easily the targeted 12,000 new positions for the period, agreed with the UAW. General Motors now has only two-third of the UAW membership it had back in 2007 and Ford managed to bring back to factories all the jobs it had to eliminate when the latest financial recession struck. And, even though it had axed seven plants during the period, the company produced around 125,000 more autos in the US then it did back in 2007.

According to a report coming from the UAW’s Ford department, the automaker now has 50,703 US hourly workers as of February 1, while a GM spokesperson says their tally today stands at around 50,300 US hourly workers. Just a decade ago, General Motors dwarfed Ford with around 21,000 more workers. The third largest US automaker – FCA US (formerly Chrysler Group) – has also been keen on adding new members to its workforce – with around 14,000 new hires since it declared bankruptcy in 2009 and totaling around 36,000.

Via Automotive News