NEW YORK — Recently released economic data show that apparel manufacturing employment in this city has plummeted 19.9 percent over the past year, greatly outpacing the citywide job loss rate of 1.7 percent.

According to the New York State Department of Labor, at the end of March, the city’s apparel-manufacturing payroll stood at 33,100, down from 41,300 a year earlier. That’s well off from the 48,600 workers employed by the industry in August 2001, before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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