Ford Hands Michigan Sliver of Good News
Automaker will hire more than expected this year, with most jobs located in the state
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2013 9:57 AM CDT
In this Dec. 14, 2011 photo, a line worker moves an engine on the assembly line for a Ford Focus at the Ford Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – The news cycle has been a rough one for Michigan of late, which makes this announcement from Ford quite welcome. The automaker yesterday said that it would hire 800 more salaried workers than it had expected to in the US this year—and of the 3,000 total jobs, between 85% and 90% would be located in Michigan. Further, a rep says the company hopes to draw workers from Seattle and the Silicon Valley to Michigan, and will make use of the state's "Pure Michigan" campaign in its effort to do so. The Free Press reports that many of the open positions are for IT specialists, as Ford works to improve its not-universally-loved MyFord Touch infotainment system.