The latest container shipping vacancy data from the U.S. Coast Guard shows that shipyards have been losing jobs at a record rate in recent years.
The data was released by the agency on Tuesday, but earlier data had been released on Thursday.
The numbers for 2016 are a major blow to container shipbuilders, who have been battling a glut of vessels to meet the demands of the global economy.
They have lost over 40,000 jobs since the recession began in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The overall U.s. container ship industry has continued to experience the strongest economic downturn since the Great Recession,” the agency said in a statement.
“Despite this, the overall economic situation is improving, with a new high in manufacturing, exports, and construction activity.
This is good news for both the U,s.
and the international cargo shipping industry.”
According to the data, there were 7,735 container ship jobs lost in the U; the same number as in 2016.
The figures come as container shipyards in the United Kingdom and Germany are also seeing steady declines in job numbers.
The container industry has long struggled to attract and retain workers, particularly as technology has changed the business model of shipbuilders and containers.
In 2015, the U the largest container shipyard in the world.
In 2014, the industry lost 1.8 percent of its total workforce.
The U.K. and Germany both lost their largest numbers of jobs in the decade-long recession.
The U.N. said in November that the two countries were facing a shortage of labor in the sector.
Germany, which has a large fleet of vessels and has a long tradition of shipbuilding, has seen its labor force shrink by 1.7 percent over the last three years, according the European Commission.
In 2016, Germany lost almost 1.3 percent of all its labor.
In the United Arab Emirates, the country’s largest container port, there are still more than 2,000 vacant jobs in its industry, which includes container ships, oil tankers, and other vessels.
The UAE has struggled to maintain employment in the past.
It closed its ports for a period in the late 1980s and 1990s.
It also cut back on imports of ships from the rest of the world, especially from China.
The country has also lost some of its workforce, as the number of container ships on its ships dropped by 50 percent between 2014 and 2016, according a Reuters report.