On a broader level, the troubles of the auto industry are having a profound impact on the overall United States economy. The industry — with Michigan as its center — now accounts for only 1.5 percent of the nation’s economic output, down from 3 percent in 2007 and 5 percent at its peak in the 1950s.Okay, that's something most of us know too, but I pointed it out for all the Limbaugh and Hewitt trolls that might be reading this. Hoping that GM or Chrysler fails is not in the best interest of the country. When we lose jobs, we lose money, and in turn we stop spending. When we stop spending, businesses lose money and they're forced to layoff people or cut wages. Unless you're independently wealthy, the pain will eventually trickle down to you too. Understand?
The automakers have historically played a big part in ending recessions. Car companies, in the past, would increase production and add workers to satisfy pent-up consumer demand after a downturn. But now, the industry’s troubles may be prolonging the misery.
“If not for the problems in the auto industry, this recession would have been much milder,” said Ben Herzon, an economist at Macroeconomic Advisors, in St. Louis. [emphasis added]
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Auto Industry Problems Prolong Nation's Misery
The NY Times has an article about our state's efforts to remake ourselves without "King Auto" that touches on things most of know - film incentives, green jobs, battery production, and worker retraining. It also touched on the fact that our problems are impacting the country as a whole.