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The employment outlook for stevedoring workers varies by profession, but, in general, it is expected to be weak in coming years—although certain large ports will experience growth and require larger numbers of specialized workers. The coronavirus pandemic impeded the cargo shipping industry earlier in 2020, due to lockdowns in various countries. Stevedores, however, are deemed essential workers and continue to be needed to work at ports, particularly as lockdowns ease and the demand for shipments increases.

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