American textile industry needs workers to sustain a comeback
Monday, September 30, 2013 10:20 AM
The American textile and apparel industries, like manufacturing as a whole, are experiencing a nascent turnaround as apparel and textile companies demand higher quality, more reliable scheduling and fewer safety problems than they encounter overseas, The New York Times reported. Accidents like the factory collapse in Bangladesh earlier this year, which killed more than 1,000 workers, have reinforced the push for domestic production. But because the industries were decimated in the U.S. over the past two decades - 77 percent of the American work force has been lost since 1990 as companies moved jobs abroad - manufacturers are now scrambling to find workers to fill the specialized jobs that have not been taken over by machines.