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Pulp and Paper
Most of the pulp and paper industry's products are consumer oriented, and thus its economic outlook is tied very closely to the overall health of the U.S. economy. Because exports have accounted for a sizeable percentage of the industry's growth in shipments over the last decade, the global economy is key to the outlook of the pulp and paper industry. The market research organization First Research reported in 2010 that there were 270 pulp, paper, and paperboard companies operating in the United States, with combined annual revenue of $70 billion. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that approximately 103,300 people work as paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders, and predicts a more than 10 percent decrease in employment throughout the paper manufacturing industry through 2018.
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