WASHINGTON — Employment in U.S. apparel manufacturing declined to 955,000 in June from 957,000 in May, while textile mill payrolls remained even at 671,000 last month, according to seasonally adjusted Labor Department data.

The apparel sector has lost 35,000 jobs since June 1993, when the domestic payroll stood at 990,000. The drop has been smaller in the textile sector, which lost 5,000 jobs since June of last year, when it posted 676,000 workers.

At general merchandise stores, about 4,000 jobs were lost, with more than 2.43 million workers on payrolls in June. Employment a year ago in these stores was slightly more than 2.45 million.


Apparel and accessory specialty stores, meanwhile, gained 2,000 jobs last month, with employment rising to nearly 1.15 million. A year ago the employment was only marginally higher.

For the nation as a whole, the jobless rate remained at 6 percent in June, the same as in May. Among all manufacturers, employment rose to a total of 18.04 million workers in June from 18 million in May, a 0.2 percent gain.

The average number of hours worked per week among apparel industry employees remained steady in June against May at 37.7, which was a slight increase against the 37.2 hours worked in June 1993.

Textile plant employees worked, on average, 42 hours per week in June, up from 41.8 in May and 41.3 in June of last year.

The average work week among retail employees tallied 28.8 in June, down from 29 hours worked in May but up slightly from the 28.7 hours posted in June 1993.

The salaries of nonmanagement textile mill workers increased to an average of $9.11 per hour in June, up from $9.08 in May and $8.86 in June a year ago. Salaries among nonsupervisory apparel plant workers rose to $7.30 per hour in June from $7.26 in May and $7.07 in June 1993.

— Fairchild News Service