Upswing in U.S. Apparel and Textile Jobs as Firms Reshore, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The impact of globalization on the apparel and textiles industry in the U.S. has been devastating.  Especially hard hit are the southern states of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Alabama, where apparel and textiles were historically a major economic mainstay.  According to the Department of Labor, the total number of workers in U.S. textile mills fell from 332,900 in 2001 to 112,000 in 2017.  (A large number of these displaced workers became employed at automobile manufacturing plants recently constructed in the Southeastern U.S. by foreign firms such as Toyota and BMW.)  The American Apparel and Footwear Association reported…

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