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Industry Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor projects a decline in employment in the textiles, apparel, and furnishings products industry through 2028. Factors contributing to the decline include increased worker productivity due to automation, fierce competition, mergers, and rising imports. When trade quotas were lifted in 2005, textile and apparel imports increased due to cheap labor markets in countries like China which continue to make it difficult for U.S. firms to compete.

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