Detroit, Michigan – Ford has announced it will add 7,000 new hourly and salaried jobs in the United States between this year and next.

In 2011, the company will add nearly 4,000 hourly jobs at several of its U.S. plants, including 1,800 at Louisville Assembly Plant, which will launch the next-generation Ford Escape late in the year. Ford will also add 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing, and expects to add at least 2,500 more new manufacturing positions in 2012.

Ford said it is recruiting salaried engineers specializing in batteries, systems controls, software and energy storage to work on electric vehicles in Detroit and in eight other cities.

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