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Report: Ford to hire more workers

The Wall Street Journal and the Detroit Free Press are reporting that Ford plans to announce the creation of 7,000 more jobs at today's auto show. From the Wall Street Journal:

Ford Motor Co. on Monday is expected to announce it will hire 7,000 workers in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ford President of the Americas Mark Fields is expected to confirm the news at the auto maker's presentation before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, this person said.

The Detroit Free Press has some more details one where and when the jobs are expected:

Of those jobs, 1,800 have already been announced for Ford's Louisville plant, where the Ford Escape SUV is built, and another 2,200 blue-collar jobs and 750 salaried jobs will come by year's end. Another 2,000 jobs will come next year.

Ford is coming off a big turnaround year. It's 2010 profits are expected to be $8.2 billion and sales have been up significantly for the automaker.

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