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Japanese automakers help drive economy

A deal struck 25 years ago brought Subaru-Isuzu to Indiana. Toyota followed in 1996, and Honda came in 2008. The three Japanese automakers now collectively employ 10,000 and support thousands more jobs at suppliers across the state.

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State auto jobs creeping up again

Employment in Indiana’s auto industry has stabilized, and manufacturers even are hiring in small numbers. Hoosier automakers and parts suppliers added 10,000 workers this year through August, bringing total employment in the sector to 100,400.

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Auto-job slide accelerating

Indiana’s automotive manufacturing employment for the last decade peaked at 142,000 in 1999. Since then, the sector has shed
20,300 jobs-a staggering one-seventh of its total. Another 5,220 are slated to be cut soon. And there’s no end in sight.

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