Employment at Canadian auto dealerships has exceeded 150,000 people, according to first-quarter 2017 statistics compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.
It's the first time DesRosiers has seen the number that high.
The increase, in line with growth in auto sales, represented a 1.6 per cent increase over the first three months of 2016, DesRosiers said.
Overall auto industry employment averaged 769,000 in the first quarter, 1.4 per cent higher than for the same period in 2016, the firm said.
Auto repair and maintenance jobs rose 1.2 per cent to 104,300. Combined with auto dealers, the two sectors account for more than 30 per cent of auto-related employment, the research firm noted.
Manufacturing jobs also grew: Vehicle manufacturing by 3.5 per cent to 44,000 jobs; parts and accessories manufacturing 0.8 per cent to 71,800 jobs.