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AMTAC blames imports for job losses

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) pointed to the elimination of quota when assessing the latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showing a steady decline in textiles jobs in the United States.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, after seasonal adjustments, 5,600 textile and apparel workers lost their jobs in February. The BLS revised down the number of jobs in the industry for both December and January leaving the total number of jobs remaining in the industry at 673,400.

With the job losses reported in January, the U.S. textiles and apparel sector has lost 373,800 jobs since January 2001, according to AMTAC, representing a loss of 35.7 percent of the domestic textiles and apparel sector.

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