The US Auto Supply Chain at a Crossroads

July 20, 2011

Implications of an Industry in Transformation

The automotive industry has played a critical role in the expansion of America’s middle class for nearly a century. Yet the industry has suffered great losses in recent decades and was deeply affected by the recession of 2008-9, which saw auto sales fall by 40%, and two of the Detroit 3 automakers enter bankruptcy. To more effectively serve the large numbers of dislocated auto industry workers and to better understand and mitigate the negative repercussions of these trends, the Labor Market Information Offices of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio formed the Driving Change consortium.

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