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Forge Shop Workers
Forging is a small industry. Since the 1980s, employment in forge shops has declined, and this decline is expected to continue through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Because U.S. forge shops have had to become more cost-efficient in order to compete with foreign companies and nonforged materials, they have been automating many of the production processes. So, even though the total number of forged parts shipped in recent years have increased, automation reduced the number of production workers needed. In addition, fluctuations in the economy continue to affect the forging industry.