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Employment: Bookbinders and Bindery Workers




In 2002, bookbinders and bindery workers held about 98,400 jobs, including 7,400 as skilled bookbinders and 91,000 as bindery workers. Nearly one in ten work in the employment services industry, which contracts them out as temporary employees to companies that need their services.

Although some advertising agencies, and book, magazine, and newspaper publishers have their own bindery operations, employing some bookbinders and bindery workers, the majority of jobs are in commercial printing plants. The largest employers of bindery workers are bindery trade shopsó these companies specialize in providing binding services for printers without binderies or whose printing production exceeds their binding capabilities. Few publishers maintain their own manufacturing facilities, so most contract out the printing and assembly of books to commercial printing plants or bindery trade shops.