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Ford's CEO Mulally sees sunny outlook for economy

Sukree Sukplang / Reuters

Ford CEO Alan Mulally smiles during an interview in Bangkok.

The economic outlook might look gloomy for most of us, but Ford's CEO Alan Mulally still has a sunny disposition, telling reporters Thursday that he thinks the U.S. economy will continue to expand.

He also said that the second-largest U.S. automaker is sticking to its target of adding 7,000 jobs in the United States over the next two years.

Mulally told a small group of reporters in Bangkok on Thursday that he sees an economic expansion in the U.S. and not a double-dip recession, as some have predicted.

"In the U.S., we're still seeing economic expansion," Mulally said, according to Reuters. "We're very encouraged by the recovery even though it is slower than in the past."

Reuters added that Ford had said in January it would add the 7,000 jobs in 2011 and 2012. According to its 2010 annual report, there were 75,000 employees in Ford North America.