Auto industry shows mixed signals

While the national outlook for the auto industry may look bleak due to the impending deadline for the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Detroit's three major car companies, smaller dealerships are performing well.

The Associated Press reported that the four-year contract talks are likely to expire, leaving the relationship between the UAW and U.S. automakers on thin ice. Though the correspondence may end when the deadline approaches, a deal could be struck to temporarily extend the date.

A total of 111,000 union workers employed by the three big auto companies in the U.S. could be without wages and benefits if a strike were to occur. If an agreement were reached, the deal would be the first with the UAW since the car companies were bailed out in 2009, according to the news outlet.

While the UAW deal could have far-reaching consequences for workers nationwide, Ohio has seen a sharp increase in the amount of vehicles sold in the state. This development has created numerous job opportunities within the sector for the region, The Plain Dealer reported.