Chemical engineers are expected to remain the main job seekers for most companies in the US as the chemical industry tries to keep its jobs from going overseas, according to a survey from the consulting firm Avalere.
Chemical engineers are forecast to remain a job creator in the United States over the next decade, but are expected in 2028 to be down by 8 percent from 2016, according the firm.
The most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the jobless rate has fallen to 7.7 percent in February, a yearlong low, the lowest rate in nearly three decades.
The company’s survey shows the number of jobs created in the industry has fallen by more than 2.5 million since April of this year.
The decline has come despite a rise in demand for chemicals by chemicals companies that use them in everything from plastics to food.
A report by the International Business Times in January found that the use of chemical chemicals in the world’s food supply has increased by 70 percent since 2011.
Chemicals also have a role in manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.
The US manufacturing sector lost nearly 7,000 jobs in March.
The number of US manufacturing jobs fell by nearly 6,000 in February.
The survey said that manufacturing jobs grew by 6,300 in the year to March, a rate that is up from the 4,300 jobs lost in March of last year.
Manufacturing accounts for over 50 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the country.