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The Resurgence Of US Car Market

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After record low sales figures just two years ago,  Auto numbers are on the rebound. To keep pace with demand, companies are having to hire hundreds -- in some cases, thousands -- of new employees.

Some of the biggest staff jumps have been seen at automakers like Honda, which hired an additional 1,000 workers in Indiana to crank out a steady supply of its sensible, fast-selling Civic. Volkswagen's highly anticipated factory in Tennessee recently opened its doors to built the Passat, and with it came a workforce of 2,000 employees.

Detroit is enjoying a boom, too. In fact, General Motors is hiring an additional 2,500 workers to help build the steady-selling Chevrolet Volt. And the company plans to bring on at least 1,500 more employees over the next year and a half.

In all, since the Chrysler/GM bailout fiasco of June 2009, the U.S. auto industry has hired roughly 77,000 workers. The sector's total number of employees now hovers near 700,000 -- nowhere near the highs of 1,000,000 last seen in 2007, but well up from 2009's low point of 623,000. And that's to say nothing of parts and manufacturing jobs, both of which have also seen steep increases in workforce numbers.

As of June 30, total light vehicle sales in the U.S. had hit 6,332,566 units -- 12.8% above last June's year-to-date total of 5,614,022 and roughly in keeping with the industry's 12% employment growth. Some analysts are predicting that U.S. sales will top 13,000,000 this year, up from 11,600,000 in 201