General Motors to add 750 jobs, boost pickup productionThe newly resurgent General Motors Corp. announced this week that it plans to add 750 jobs at its Flint, Michigan manufacturing facility so that it can increase production of its flagship pickup trucks. The move was praised by state officials in Michigan as the state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S.

GM will add a third daily shift at its Flint plant and will rehire workers from a pool of about 3,000 former employees throughout the U.S. who were laid off from other plants, the company said. The extra hands on deck will help the company's Flint facility to ratchet up the manufacturing of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra offerings.

Representing the Flint plant's hourly employees, Dana Rouse, the chairman of the United Automobile Workers Local 598, told reporters that the expanding workforce at the carmaker is surprising considering that "less than two years ago, we didn't even know if were going to have a company."

GM will start shifting workers to Flint at the beginning of its fiscal second quarter. Currently, the Flint plant employs roughly 2,100 workers, but analysts affirm that the move will have positive effects throughout Michigan as every one automotive job tends to support six jobs in the surrounding area. 
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