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Tailors and Dressmakers


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment prospects in this industry are expected to decline through 2029. For the short term, at least into 2021, the coronavirus pandemic has deeply affected all industries. The lockdowns and increased number of people working from home have diminished the need for tailors, dressmakers, and sewers. Going forward, attributing factors to the general decline in this profession include the low cost and ready availability of factory-made clothing and the invention of labor-saving machinery such as computerized sewing and cutting machines. In fact, automated machines are expected to replace many sewing jobs in the next decade. In addition, the apparel industry has declined domestically as many businesses choose to produce their items abroad, where labor is cheap and, many times, unregulated.

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