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Employment is expected to remain unchanged or be more slowly than the average for all occupations in motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts manufacturing for a majority of automotive industry occupations through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Nevertheless, there is expected to some variation in the prospects for employment in motor vehicle and motor vehicle industry employment, depending on the specific occupation and automotive sector identified. After several challenging years in which two of the Big Three went bankrupt and were bailed out by the U.S. government, the industry is beginning to bounce back as a result of rising consumer demand for vehicles in the United States and other countries (especially China). There should be job openings as many automotive industry workers reach retirement age in the next several years. Additionally, many American autoworkers are continuing to find good opportunities at foreign-owned manufacturing plants that have been built in the United States. Today, many U.S. automotive workers are employed by foreign-owned automakers such as Honda and Mitsubishi.

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