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Automotive and Mobility Industry Cluster

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With a highly-skilled workforce, cutting-edge research and development facilities, and top-notch institutions of higher education, Detroit is home to the densest automotive and mobility supply chain in the world.

Leaders in the American automobile industry, including automakers like General Motors (GM), Ford Motor Company, and Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), contribute to Detroit’s economy and position Michigan as the global automotive headquarters.

Michigan: The Auto Capital of the World

Automotive Manufacturing
  • 26 Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have headquarters or technology centers in Michigan.
  • The automotive and mobility industry contributes $304 billion to Michigan’s economy annually.
  • 13 assembly plants and 18 vehicle models including 4 EV models were assembled in Michigan in 2022.
  • 96 of the top 100 automotive suppliers to North America have a presence in Michigan, and 60 are headquartered here.
  • Michigan is the #1 exporter of transportation equipment in the U.S.

Highly Skilled, Competitive Workforce

Automotive Worker

Michigan’s highly skilled workforce is the reason it is still the hub of the automotive and mobility industry – as it has been since the dawn of the 20th century.

Michigan Ranks #1 in the Employment and Concentration of:

  • Mechanical Engineers: 31,950 = 4x National Average
  • Industrial Engineers: 26,410 = 3x National Average
  • Tool and Die Makers: 9,610 = 5x National Average
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist and Technicians: 7,970 = 7x National Average
  • Model Makers, Metal, and Plastics: 870 = 9x National Average


Automotive Manufacturing Jobs:

  • #1 in the nation for automotive manufacturing jobs
  • 176,769 automotive manufacturing jobs in 2022
  • 6x higher than the national average
  • Over 1.1 million jobs are tied to the industry, representing almost 20% of Michigan employment.


Michigan is Automobility Report

The annual Michigan is Automobility report comprehensively explores the state of the automotive and mobility industry in Michigan.

2024 Detroit Auto Show Auto Caucus Reception Feature

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