Atlanta is bemoaning the shutdown of the local Ford plant dedicated to the manufacture of the soon-to-be-defunct Taurus. Here’s an interesting point from the NYT:

Foreign manufacturers, who now sell more than 4 of every 10 cars and trucks in the United States, have created tens of thousands of jobs at new factories from Ontario to Ohio, across the South and in Mexico.

Because of their growth, there has been no net loss in American automotive jobs over the last 10 years, according to James P. Womack, an author and specialist in manufacturing efficiency. Auto industry employment has held steady at about 1.1 million workers, including those at parts companies, he said.

Doesn’t help if you work at the Hapeville plant outside Atlanta. But, it’s important to see the big picture.