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Dry Cleaning and Laundry Workers
The U.S. Department of Labor expects overall employment of textile, apparel, and furnishings workers to decline through 2018. It makes no specific predictions, however, for dry cleaning and laundry workers. The general trends in the textile and apparel industries will not necessarily affect the large number of dry cleaning establishments in the country or the need for laundry workers in hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes. In the next 10 years, automation advances will cut the number of unskilled and semiskilled workers needed, and most openings will be for skilled workers, drivers, and managers. In the dry cleaning industry, many opportunities exist for workers who can perform pressing and spotting procedures. Job prospects look best for workers who are versatile and who have a good knowledge of textiles.
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