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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of fashion designers, which includes costume designers, is projected to decline 3 percent from 2012 to 2022. However, employment of fashion designers in arts and entertainmnet may rise by almost 5 percent, although a decline is expected in the motion picture industry. The health of the entertainment business, especially theater, is very dependent on the overall economy and public attitudes. Theater budgets and government support for the arts in general have come under pressure in recent years and have limited employment prospects for costume designers. Many theaters, especially small and nonprofit theaters, are cutting their budgets or doing smaller shows that require fewer costumes. Additionally, people are less willing to spend money on tickets or go to theaters during economic downturns or times of crisis.