McAlinden http://michiganradio.org en Detroit 3 ready to hire - but not at previous level http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-3-ready-hire-not-previous-level <p>The Detroit Three are poised to create new auto jobs for the first time in years.&nbsp; But an expert at the Center for Automotive Research warns that auto manufacturing jobs will never recover to their former levels.&nbsp;</p><p>Ford, GM, and Chrysler closed a lot of plants over the past ten years, so many of the remaining plants are working at full capacity as new car sales improve.&nbsp;</p><p>Sean McAlinden is an economist with the Center for Automotive Research .</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Almost the last layoff at GM and Ford have been recalled,&quot; says McAlinden, &quot;so any additional production through the summer requires new hiring.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>McAlinden says the Detroit Three will likely hire 35,000 people in the next five years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But that&rsquo;s only about a third of the people who lost jobs with the companies in the past few years.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>McAlinden says auto jobs will plateau after 2015, which is why Michigan still needs to diversify its economy. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:06:19 +0000 Tracy Samilton 2051 at http://michiganradio.org