Printing is a large and geographically diverse industry in North America, although the majority of companies are located in the Midwest, Texas, Florida, and California. Annual sales have continued to decline since the early 2000s, from more than $174.5 billion to $78 billion in 2012. This is largely due to the continued increase in online publishing, or e-publishing, which is much less costly. The industry employed more than 850,000 people as of 2010, according to the Printing Industries of America. Like total sales, this figure indicates a decrease in the number of people employed, since more than 1 million people were employed in the industry in the early 2000s.  

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