By the way, there were just 359,000 employees in this industry division, 267,000 of them production workers. In the broader category, motor vehicles and equipment - which includes trucks and buses (another 43,000 workers, 34,000 of them in production) and parts and accessories (545,000 employees, 434,000 of them production) and a few others - there are 993,000 workers, 767,000 of them in production. For an industry that still seems to occupy a giant space in our image of the working class, compare that to the 2.5 million who toil in department stores and the 7.7 million in "eating and drinking places." In fact, the retail sector as a whole has added almost as many workers in the last two years (893,000) as work in the entire motor vehicle industry. If unions can't organize those workers, they're dead.