THE ECONOMY JAPANESE AUTO PLANTS CALLED JOB THREAT

THE ECONOMY JAPANESE AUTO PLANTS CALLED JOB THREAT

The seven Japanese automakers' plants in the United States may cause 45,000 jobs to be lost in the domestic industry, far fewer than the number estimated by the United Auto Workers, a government study says.

The General Accounting Office study said that its estimate for job losses

from 1985 through 1990 was based on worst-case assumptions, and the number of jobs actually lost could be less.The GAO study, requested by Reps. John Dingell, D-Mich., Marcy Kaptur, D- Ohio, and Edward Madigan, R-Ill., placed the job loss at slightly less than a quarter the 200,000 lost jobs expected by the UAW.

Imports, increased productivity and use of foreign parts will shrink the number of auto-industry jobs by 1990, according to the study, released Monday.