Marchionne spoke at a conference on politics and economics in Michigan. The comment on jobs was included in his prepared remarks.
About two-thirds of the workers are employed directly by Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler Group as hourly and salaried employees, said Shawn Morgan, a spokeswoman.
The new workers don’t include the 1,100 who will be added for a second shift at the Jeep plant in Detroit, where hiring is just beginning, she said. Marchionne announced those jobs last month when the factory started producing the redesigned Grand Cherokee.