By and and and  on September 4, 2013

It's starting to matter again.

While the vast majority of apparel sold in the U.S. continues to be produced overseas, the fashion industry is a key part of the growing Made in the USA movement, joining everything from auto manufacturers to refrigerator makers in the push to boost domestic production. While industry executives say the apparel industry is unlikely to ever get to the scale it was in its heyday of the Fifties and Sixties, in July, U.S. apparel employment fell 800 to 140,700 jobs compared with about 900,000 jobs 20 years ago, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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