Automakers matter a great deal to our economy

They are among America’s top exporters, our biggest investors in R&D, and our top buyers of steel, glass and semiconductors. Automakers support more than 2.5 million U.S. jobs, from the parts suppliers, auto dealerships, and research labs that support automakers directly, to the hospitals, schools and police stations that serve factory towns.
But some automakers matter more than others.
Even with recent layoffs and plant closings, Ford, GM and Chrysler contribute far more to our economy than foreign automakers do. More of the cars they sell here are made here. Three times as many of their workers are based here. And their vehicles contain twice as much U.S. parts. On a jobs per car basis, buying a Ford, GM or Chrysler supports twice as many jobs as buying a foreign automakers’ vehicle.

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