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Canadian Automotive Industry Adds 19,000 Jobs During 2018

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Our neighbors to the North have added an assortment of automotive jobs
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While it may not receive as much attention or coverage as the American and Chinese automotive markets, Canada’s auto industry is a fairly large and stable economic sector. A new report suggests that this industry is growing even larger.

19,000 jobs were reportedly added to the Canadian auto industry during 2018.

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The information comes courtesy of Desrosier Automotive Consultants, a Canadian industry consulting firm. According to the firm, the number of jobs in the Canadian automotive sector grew from 803,584 jobs during 2017 to 832,052 jobs at the end of 2018, an increase of 2.7 percent.

Dealership jobs make up the largest share of automotive employment opportunities. There were a total of 159,000 dealership employees in Canada at the end of 2018, a 3 percent increase compared to the prior year.

Maintenance jobs also experienced a significant boost. At the end of 2018, there was a total of 111,500 workers in this automotive field, a 2.8 percent increase.

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Even manufacturing added jobs during 2018. Assembly jobs grew a slight 0.9 percent to approximately 44,000 employees by the end of the year. Parts manufacturing jobs experienced even higher yields, with a 3.3 percent and 76,000 jobs.

At the height of the recession back in 2010, Canada had around 128,000 jobs in the automotive manufacturing sector. Since then, Canadian manufacturing jobs have grown to 157,550 jobs.

While employment opportunities in the automotive industry may be on the decline in certain markets around the world, the Canadian automotive industry is demonstrating its resilience by adding jobs with each passing year.

News Source: Yahoo Finance