Almost 8,000 people in Dumfries and Galloway are employed in declining industries.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed about 12 per cent of all working people in the region are involved in industry which is beginning to die out.
Roughly 68,000 people in the region are in the working age group meaning 7,820 face an uncertain future when it comes to their employment.
A declining industry is defined as one that has seen a drop in Gross Value Added over the last 15 years – which means the amount that industry contributes to the economy has been falling.
Examples of declining industries include retail jobs in books, games and music and the manufacturing of chemical and metal products.
Another example is the print media as well as programming and broadcasting in radio.
Across Scotland as many as 350,000 workers in Scotland are employed in declining lines of work.
However, it’s not just whole industries that are on the decline – specific jobs in almost every sector are seeing signs of dying out.
Across the country, 29 per cent of people work in declining occupations which means that they have declined in employment by more than 10 per cent over an 11 year period.
It means as many as 700,000 people across Scotland could struggle to find similar roles to the one they’re in now when it comes to future employment.