From what I've heard the auto industry and related auto-based businesses and services are one-sixth of our nation's economy. There have been alot of comments here in this forum about our American car-crazy culture and our dependence on the private automobile.
I guess what I'm curious about is who here on Bike Forums works for the auto industry, either directly or indirectly. Working in the "belly of the beast" I might add!
I'll start. I work for a company that custom designs and builds fluid-fill equipment (among other things) for assembly lines. The auto industry accounts for, on average, 58% of our business, although the past few years or so it's been seemed to be about 90% because that's all the business we could get due to the recession and such. Our company's goal is to get the transportation sector down to about 46% of sales because profit margins with the auto industry are low. The appliance industry and commercial sectors generate more profit.
Anyway, not to bore you with all that, but I guess I work indirectly for the auto industry. During the initial SUV craze in the mid to late ninties we were working overtime like crazy to build new equipment for these gas-guzzlers. Can't bite the hand that feeds me, ya know!