The Department of Labor will no longer track printing and screen printing jobs


The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this month that “printers”, “screen printers” and “printing support activities” are no longer official jobs as far as they are concerned. Each year, the DOL lists industries and jobs that are becoming too small or concentrated to track in its Current employment statistics database.

According to Washington Postthe Department of Labor does not allow any industry in the database to become so small that it could not be used to identify a specific company.

The Washington Post reported:

The vast sector that includes printing has lost around a third of its jobs since the start of the Great Recession – more than all sectors except clothing manufacturing, which also no longer has enough jobs in the United States to deserve many rows in the database. (Commercial printing does not include printed newspapers, which have their own issues.)

Printing workers are squeezed by falling demand – Americans aren’t sending as many postcards or handing out as many pamphlets as they used to. At the same time, supply has skyrocketed, as advances in commercial printing technology allow companies to produce more goods with fewer workers.

Last year, adjacent promotional jobs such as “fiber, yarn and yarn mills” and “leather and allied products” were eliminated. In 2015, it was “the manufacture of men’s and boys’ clothing”.

Michael Makin, President and CEO of Printing Industries of Americaresponded to the DOL report by Print impressions.

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“Printing Industries of America is disappointed – but not surprised – to learn of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ announcement that the agency will no longer track work related to commercial printing, screen printing, and labor support activities. ‘printing,” Makin said. “The disappointment is shared by the nearly 800,000 workers in the printing, packaging and publishing industry who come to work every morning knowing that their jobs are relevant to the country’s manufacturing economy. .”

Makin added that last year, PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management’s “State of the Industry Report” predicted a favorable year 2019 for printing revenue, with potential for full revenue growth. printing 1-2% and earnings holding at “historic growth levels”.

“The lack of surprise has to do with the fact that Printing Industries of America has repeatedly urged the Bureau of Labor Statistics over several years to revise its outdated definition of the printing industry,” Makin said. “Print has and will continue to evolve as a medium, and printers will continue to transition with a diverse mix of processes, products and ancillary services. With such divergence, which has occurred at such a rapid pace Since the Great Recession of 2008, ‘old’ jobs have been giving way to new human resource needs in the industry. Unfortunately, the BLS has demonstrated that it is not interested in keeping pace and collaborating with PIA on modern definitions of the industry that would more accurately reflect that printing is alive and thriving as a key manufacturing sector. Simply put, it is the BLS data as collected that is irrelevant, not the print and graphic communication jobs.


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