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The staff at the Benson Ford Research Center have compiled statistics for the average number of employees working at Ford Motor Company by year.

Average Number of Employees on Payroll (Highland Park only) (source: Ford: The Times, The Man, The Company. Allan Nevins and Frank Hill)

Year Number of Employees
1903 125 (estimated by employees)
1904 300 (estimated by employees)
1905 300 (estimated by employees)
1906 700 (estimated by employees)
1907 575 (estimated by employees)
1908 450 (estimated by employees)
1909 1,655
1910 2,773
1911 3,976
1912 6,867
1913 14,366
1914 12,880
1915 18,892
1916 32,702
1917 36,411
1918 33,699


Average Number of Employees on Payroll (U.S. Total) (source: Ford: Expansion and ChallengeAllan Nevins and Frank Hill)

Year Number of Employees
1919 48,264
1920 63,568
1921 50,358
1922 81,360
1923 128,188
1924 140,007
1925 155,552
1926 141,729
1927 102,029
1928 144,433
1929 174,126
1930 152,362
1931 108,572
1932 90,706
1933 48,957

 

Average number of employees in United States (source: Ford Motor Company Annual Reports)

Year Number of Employees
1946 103,486
1947 121,522
1948 131,589
1949 126,337
1950 145,000
1951 132,000
1952 160,000
1953 175,000 (approx.)
1954 171,019
1955 181,616
1956 178,061
1957 191,759
1958 141,076
1959 159,541
1960 160,181
1961 154,659
1962 186,640
1963 187,428
1964 197,578
1965 217,741
1966 233,849
1967 238,834
1968 244,819
1969 244,840
1970 229,404
1971 225,304
1972 232,869
1973 249,513
1974 235,256
1975 203,691
1976 219,698
1977 239,303
1978 256,614
1979 239,475
1980 179,917
1981 170,806
1982 155,900
1983 163,400
1984 178,800
1985 172,200
1986 181,476
1987 180,838
1988 185,540
1989 188,300
1990 180,900
1991 156,079
1992 158,377
1993 166,943
1994 165,300
1995 166,600
1996 189,718
1997 189,787
1998 171,269
1999 173,064
2000 164,853
2001 165,512
2002 128,094 (includes Canada)
2003 122,201 (includes Canada)
2004 126,000 (includes Canada)
2005 140,000 (includes Canada)
2006 128,000 (includes Canada)
2007 94,000 (includes Canada)
2008 79,000 (includes Canada)
2009 74,000 (includes Canada)
2010 75,000 (includes Canada)
2011 75,000 (includes Canada)
2012 80,000 (includes Canada)
2013 84,000 (includes Canada)
2014 90,000 (includes Canada)

 

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