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Several occupations in manufacturing experienced large declines.
For example, the number of machine operators in manufacturing dropped by 52,700 between 2001 and 2006; within this group, sewing machine operators suffered the most severe job losses. Their numbers fell by about 18,300 to just under 37,800, equivalent to a 32.7% decline.
The number of metal fabricators, which included steel workers, fell by about 6,800, or 34.4%, to 12,900. Consolidation and automation of the steelmaking process contributed to the decline, as did structural change in the auto industry.
The number of mechanical assemblers and inspectors, including auto parts assemblers, who have a big presence in southern Ontario, fell by 6,100, or 33.3%, to 12,200.
About 24,200 people in 2006 worked as electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers, almost 5,600 fewer than in 2001, or an 18.8% drop. These also included workers who manufacture audiovisual equipment, such as stereos, televisions and computer parts.