Ohio's senior United States Senator met with the United Autoworkers and the Center for Automotive Research(CAR) on Sunday to unveil new data outlining employment projections for Ohio's auto industry. Democrat Sherrod Brown held a joint press conference with Ken Lortz, UAW Region 2B Director, and Kristin Dziczek, Director of the Labor & Industry Group at the Center for Automotive Research. "Four years ago the auto industry was facing unprecedented challenges, but thanks to the restructuring we enacted we are now seeing positive growth in our state," Sen. Brown said.
CAR's analysis revealed that Ohio added more than 3,000 new auto jobs between 2009 and 2010, and by 2015, Ohio will add more than 3,500 new jobs in the automotive sector.
Sen. Brown also spoke about trends in the U.S.-China auto parts trade. Brown authored the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011, which was passed last October. The bill is intended to create jobs by cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation. In June the Economic Policy Institute released a report showing that adressing Chinese currency manipulation could support the creation of over two million American jobs.