The jobs for the ‘greatest and most important’ jobs in the automotive industry are still at risk of disappearing, according to the latest figures from the US Department of Labor.
The report, released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), showed that the number of people working in the auto industry declined by about 8% between 2013 and 2016.
While the overall number of auto workers fell by 2.4 million, the BLS report said the decline was more dramatic for the service sector.
“In the service industry, the number declined by more than 3 million, while the number working in construction fell by 5.5 million, or 12%,” the BPS report said.
It also found that, while auto repair was the only service sector job that increased in pay, the gap between hourly pay for those who work in the industry and those who do not has narrowed over the last decade.
There are now 4,721,000 auto service workers, down by 5,914,000 from 2013, the year of the recession, the report said, while 1,929,000 workers are employed in maintenance, 1,633,000 in parts, and 933,500 in vehicles.
Automakers are also facing stiff competition from self-driving vehicles, with Volvo Cars already showing a 20% increase in sales and an average of more than 1 million cars sold per year, compared to the previous year.
However, it’s unclear how much of a threat self-drive technology will pose to the industry as it becomes more widely adopted, as many of the jobs for which people can afford to work in a self-driven vehicle are likely to be automated, according the report.
Meanwhile, the US unemployment rate has fallen from 9.4% to 6.4%, and the average hourly wage has also fallen by more then $1,100 from 2013 to 2016.