The new jobs are good news for Michigan in more than one way:
Thirty percent or more of those 1,500 hires could be recent college graduates, as GM plans a large recruiting initiative with southeastern Michigan colleges and universities, Mott said. He expects some people who left Michigan for other jobs will return for the new opportunities.It's not yet known where the additional 500 jobs will be located. Adding 2,000 jobs to Michigan's economy is good. Drawing heavily on recent Michigan college graduates is especially good, given how young college graduates around the country have struggled in the recession and its aftermath.
GM is in the process of insourcing the bulk of its information technology work, with a goal of going from having 90 percent of the corporation's IT operations handled by outside sources and just 10 percent within GM to reversing those percentages within three to five years. News of the upcoming hires in Michigan comes shortly after GM announced plans to hire up to 500 people at a new "innovation center" in Austin, Texas.
And if Mitt Romney had had his way, none of this would be happening, because without the federal bailout he so bluntly opposed, GM would have gone under.