You read that right: Ford Motor Company, for the first time since perhaps 1937, employs more hourly American workers in its factories than General Motors. Ford has been hiring an average of 10 union workers per day since 2011, according to Automotive News.
Granted, a substantially larger quantity of Ford’s production occurs within US factories, including (notably) the F-150 full-size pickup, which itself recently compelled the automaker to create 1,550 new factory jobs. In percentage terms, 78 percent of Ford’s North American production took place in US factories last year, vs. 61 percent for General Motors. The ratio likely becomes even more skewed when other continents are taken into account.
Still, Ford Motor Company employs about 50,703 factory workers here in the US (as of February 1st), compared to GM’s 50,300 or so. Said General Motors Spokesman Bill Grotz, “It’s all market-driven. We build to market demand. The head count hasn’t fluctuated that much over the past few years, but we’ve invested a lot of money in our operations.”
Or about $11 billion since 2009, if it interests you.