Ford to boost white-collar hiring this year to 3,000

DETROIT Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:35am EDT

The logo of Ford Motor Co is seen at the company's assembly plant after an emergency meeting with the plant management in Genk October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The logo of Ford Motor Co is seen at the company's assembly plant after an emergency meeting with the plant management in Genk October 24, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) will hire 3,000 salaried workers this year, mostly in Michigan, the company said Tuesday.

The figure represents 800 more workers than previously announced.

Ford said 80 percent of the new employees will be technical professionals with "new skills."

Ford said it also plans to increase hourly employment by 12,000 by 2015.

(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)