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Posted on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 10:11 a.m.

Top 10 jobs on the decline in America: postal service leads the way

By Ben Freed

Thanks to increased use of e-mail and other online communication options, 24/7 Wall Street reports that postal service workers will be the occupation category that loses the most jobs in the next 10 years.


Postal workers in Chelsea sorting mail. According to 24/7 Wall St. there will be far fewer jobs in the postal industry over the next ten years.

While the US is expected to add nearly 20 million jobs between 2010 and 2020, not every profession will be seeing the benefits of that growth. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24/7 Wall St. has determined the ten professions that have the bleakest outlook over the next decade.

Many of the professions on the list have been hurt by the increased automation of their jobs, while many textile repair or manufacturing jobs that appear on the list are on the decline due to the outsourcing of labor to the developing world.

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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 : 2:56 a.m.

What happened to blacksmiths and lamplighters? People should not be luddites.


Wed, Sep 5, 2012 : 3:55 p.m.

Bragg, FYI, I just took an order for a $3000 fire place screen. The client could not find any fabricator that had the chops to do what she wants. Luddism rocks!


Wed, Sep 5, 2012 : 2:08 p.m. Feat manufactures a wide range of closed die forgings, to the highest technical specifications and most complicated of shapes in carbon, stainless, titanium and super alloy steels, raw and machined from 0.2 lbs. to 1,000 lbs. Over 25 years of experience in supplying steel forgings to the petrochemical, mining, agricultural, earth moving, automotive, rail, nuclear and lifting industries. Using hammer forging, press forging, and upset forging equipment, Queen City Forging is a specialty job shop producing forged component parts for original equipment manufacturers (OEM).


Wed, Sep 5, 2012 : 2:04 p.m.

There are 5 blacksmiths in Washtenaw County, as far as I know all doing well. Blacksmithing is undergoing a revival in the US, and worldwide. When I lost my job of 20+ years I fell back on my "hobby", smithing, and it has fed and clothed me. This is a story I hear regularly at gatherings. People, some, are tired of buying cheap imported crap and they want real, quality, lasting work, so they come to us. Artist Blacksmith Association of North America. Caterpillar is seeking a blacksmith at their Decatur plant, Wage: $19.70 per hour . Notrfolk Southern in NC is seeking a journeyman blacksmith. What we need fewer of is Lawyers.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 5:56 p.m.

I live in A2 and the mail service was really lousy until we got a permanent carrier. She is trying very hard. Meanwhile I went to paying my bills on line to make sure they arrived on time! Sure saves on stamps and I know they are received in a timely fashion. Our outgoing blue mailbox was not even being emptied! Many folks had late payments!


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:35 p.m.

You could have fooled me , With all the junkmail and the charity .donation asking mail comming in every day..I just see the garbage Hill Turning into a Mountain.!


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 4:16 p.m.

What's even scarier is the fact that a lot of people are giving these 'charaties' money otherwise they wouldn't have the money to print and mail flyers....