20 male-dominated jobs that are vanishing in the US

From coal mining to steel mills, major industries that traditionally have employed men are disappearing in the US.

Using data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics, we found 20 male-dominated industries that have seen steep declines in employment over the last several years.

Specifically, we compared employment levels in 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, with levels in 2013, five years earlier, across those industries with the highest shares of male workers in 2018.

Several traditionally male-dominated industries like coal mining, electronics repair, and tyre manufacturing are near the top of the list.

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Here are 20 male-dominated industries that are losing jobs, ranked by their per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018:

20. Construction, mining, and oil and gas extraction machinery manufacturing had a 1 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 86.1 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 149,000

Number employed in 2018: 148,000

US barber shops had an 8 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018.
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US barber shops had an 8 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018.

19. Glass and glass-product manufacturing had a 1 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 76.2 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 149,000

Number employed in 2018: 148,000

18. Automotive parts, accessories, and tyre stores had a 4 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 80.7 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 518,000

Number employed in 2018: 499,000

17. Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying had a 6 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 87.6 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 107,000

Number employed in 2018: 101,000

In 2018, 86.1 per cent of American workers in construction, mining, and mining machinery manufacturing were men.
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In 2018, 86.1 per cent of American workers in construction, mining, and mining machinery manufacturing were men.

16. Recyclable material wholesalers had a 6 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 81.6 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 114,000

Number employed in 2018: 107,000

15. Barber shops had an 8 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 76.2 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 133,000

Number employed in 2018: 123,000

14. Alcoholic beverages wholesalers had an 8 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 82.1 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 125,000

Number employed in 2018: 115,000

13. Petroleum refining had an 8 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 85.2 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 178,000

Number employed in 2018: 163,000

12. Sewage treatment facilities had a 9 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 82.5 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 105,000

Number employed in 2018: 96,000

11. Waste management and remediation services had a 10 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 83.9 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 535,000

Number employed in 2018: 480,000

10. Iron and steel mills and steel product manufacturing had an 11 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 88.2 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 301,000

Number employed in 2018: 268,000

9. Rail transportation had a 14 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 92.8 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 261,000

Number employed in 2018: 224,0008.

8. Metalworking machinery manufacturing had a 19 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 85.3 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 159,000

Number employed in 2018: 128,000

7. Miscellaneous paper and pulp products had a 20 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 80.4 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 89,000

Number employed in 2018: 71,000

The miscellaneous paper and pulp products industry manufactures goods from paper, aside from paper for printing and writing and cardboard boxes.

6. Coal mining had a 25 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 93.8 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 85,000

Number employed in 2018: 64,000

5. Mining support activities had a 28 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 85.2 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 700,000

Number employed in 2018: 504,000

4. Electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance had a 32 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 78.4 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 157,000

Number employed in 2018: 107,000

3. Oil and gas extraction had a 32 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 80.9 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 115,000

Number employed in 2018: 78,000

2. Tyre manufacturing had a 35 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 84.8 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 95,000

Number employed in 2018: 62,000

1. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing had an 88 per cent decline in employment between 2013 and 2018. 78.7 per cent of workers in the industry in 2018 were men.

Number employed in 2013: 430,000

Number employed in 2018: 51,000

While the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry saw a sharp decline in employment between 2013 and 2018, the related aircraft and parts manufacturing industry saw a large increase over that period.

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