Do you not understand that Ford and GM also sell a lot of cars overseas?
Do we have a right to jobs supporting cars sold overseas? Not in my book - we only have a right to claim the # of jobs in proportion to the sales in the US.
Ford currently has about 78,000 employees in North America. If you take out all the employees in Canadian and Mexican plants (13,695), that still leaves 64,305 employees. If you take out all the workers in US plants (40,660), that still leaves 23,645 workers, most of them white-collar… over 8,000 are engineers in Michigan alone.
Overall, Ford has 176,783 employees worldwide, according to their website. That means 36% of their employees are in the US. Last year Ford sold 1,682,323 vehicles in the US, and 4,817,000 worldwide (rounded to nearest thousand in annual report). That’s 34.9% of worldwide sales coming from the US… meaning Ford’s employee base in the US is almost perfectly aligned with their sales from the US.
How does Toyota compare?
They have 28,783 employees in the US, about 2000 of which are engineers (mostly mid-lower level, as VERY little advanced R&D is done in the US - they just started hiring their first PhDs). They have 320,808 employees worldwide. In Toyota’s 09-10 fiscal year they sold 7,237,162 vehicles worldwide. They had 1,796,163 sales in the US. That’s 24.8% of worldwide sales but 9.0% of employees in the US.
Now, when Ford has nearly as many white-collar employees in the US as Toyota has employees total, while Toyota sells more vehicles in the US… and Ford has approximately the same % of their workforce based in the US as they have % of their sales from the US… and Toyota has a small fraction of the % of their employee base in the US relative to their sales % from the US…
You tell me which one is doing the better job at employing Americans.
The fact that Ford and GM have facilities in other countries is immaterial so long as they keep their employee base weighted in the US appropriately. They sell MANY vehicles overseas, and those countries that buy them deserve jobs, too.
Complaining that they have development facilities in other countries while refusing to acknowledge that Toyota/Honda/Nissan severely underweight their US employment relative to their sales, a problem that is NOT happening at GM or Ford, is simply ignorant.