The total, average employment in the automotive industry increased 4.3% in 2021, compared to the 2020 average—which means that approximately 640,000 people were employed across different sectors last year, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC).
The automotive retail industry saw an increase of 5.3% in employment during the 2021 period, while automotive repair and maintenance experienced an increase of 5.7%. Motor vehicle manufacturing was however, down an average of 1.3%—below the low figures in 2020. To compare, employment for auto assembly was down 18.3% in 2019.
“The motor vehicle manufacturing industry endured both structural change and the semiconductor shortage in 2021, while most of the rest of the auto industry saw employment make solid gains from the pandemic hit levels of 2020,” said Andrew King, Managing Partner of DAC.
They said the auto retail sector continues to employ the most people in the automotive industry, at an average of approximately 145,000 for the year. And automotive repair and maintenance saw approximately 107,000 people employed throughout 2021.
Motor vehicle parts and accessories manufacturing also saw gains in employment, of 4.6%, while the aftermarket’s automotive parts and accessories stores saw increases from 2020, with the average employment for 2021 rising 2.7%.