In another sign the auto industry is on a comeback, Ford Motor (F) reportedly will announce plans Monday to add 7,000 jobs to its U.S. workforce during the next two years in a variety of positions.

The plan includes the addition of 4,000 blue-collar jobs and 750 salaried positions this year, plus another 2,500 manufacturing jobs in 2012, The Detroit News reported. Ford plans to make the announcement at the North American International Auto Show, getting under way in Detroit.

"We are on a path to add more than 7,000 U.S. workers over the next two years as we continue to grow our product lineup," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, in a statement. "Working with our partners, including the UAW, Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want."

It isn't known how many of the new positions will be created in Michigan, where Ford is based, the News noted.

Ford's hiring plan comes on the heels of a number of job-creation announcements by the nation's domestic automakers. Ford said in December it would add 1,800 jobs in Kentucky, where the car maker builds the Ford Escape compact SUV.

In October, Ford, General Motors (GM) and Chrysler Group received a combined $2.1 billion in tax credits from Michigan economic development officials to create thousands of new jobs in the state.

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stalb427

Nice to hear they want to create more jobs in the U.S. though i expect they will fall short of their boast.

And i laugh when i see people spout off about "made in america". Considering that the majority of "american made" auto's are only assembled here while the parts inside are manufactured all over the world.

If we want to take back the american auto industry first we have to bring the fabrication back to the US. But then again if they do that no one will want to buy a $20-30k sedan, when they can get a kia for $12k cause americans dont put their money where their mouth is.

January 12 2011 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dvdfrnzwbr

I'm sure these jobs are for China.

January 12 2011 at 4:49 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ectullis

Is being multilingual a requirement for these jobs?

January 12 2011 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stephen

Kudos to Ford, every U.S. job helps. I hope you continue to help grow America back to prosperity and support more jobs by using suppliers of U.S. made parts. Win/Win!!

January 12 2011 at 2:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Rosie

Great news for everybody. That is just a start. Let's see, if we had listened to Jeff Sessions of Alabama the US auto industry would have folded. He didn't care he had Toyota to hold his hand in Alabama.

January 12 2011 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jfromulus

7,000 over 2 years whip dee doo while 20 million are unemployed

January 11 2011 at 11:56 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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shidelera5

Where did GM say that? Last i read, they were asking older workers to take early retirement 60K buyouts and trying to cheat younger workers out of retirement health benefits and closing 4 more plants.

January 12 2011 at 12:45 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Bruce & Claudia

Go Mr Ford and God bless you. Keep up the good work and lets all buy "Made in the USA".

January 11 2011 at 11:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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LA is Best

GO FORD, Boycott B Hussein Obama's Government Motors controlled be the unions!

January 12 2011 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fastednap

LA, Ford workers are UAW also

January 12 2011 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
timeout

at $3.35 an hr

January 11 2011 at 10:41 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
cartra

I would buy a ford before I bought anything from an american car company that took bailout money from the taxpayer. They now know they will get bailed out no matter how they run the companies. A bunch of crooks,making shoddy vehicles!

January 11 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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fastednap

Few people remember that under Wagoner, GM had started a turnaround plan in 2006 w/ positive results expected in 2010... well before the financial meltdown. The banks screwed the pooch, couldn't collect money from people who didn't have it and couldn't lend it to corporations... or damn near anybody else.

January 12 2011 at 3:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
savemycountry911

BUY A FORD. They are great cars. Chevy's suck.

January 11 2011 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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MeatLoafTorso

At least 7,000 new jobs is a lot better than nothing. Maybe more companies ought to follow their lead.

January 12 2011 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply