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The Entire Textile Production Chain In The United States

Nov 07, 2018

1. In 2017, a total of 550,500 employees were employed throughout the U.S. textile and apparel supply chain (from fiber to apparel and other products).

The U.S. government estimates that one job in the textile industry will boost jobs in three other industries.


2 in 2017, U.S. textile apparel industry shipments totaled $77.9 billion.


3. In 2016, the United States was the fourth largest exporter of textile related products (fiber, yarn, fabric and non-clothing textile) in the world.


4, in 2017, about $28.6 billion was exported from American fiber, textiles and clothing.


5, 2017, out of cotton and wool, two-thirds of the United States' textile exports destination is the western hemisphere.


6. In 2017, the United States textile and apparel industry exported products to more than 200 countries and regions, and imported over $100 billion of textile and apparel products from 34 countries and regions.


7. The us textile industry provides more than 8,000 kinds of textiles to the us military. In 2016, the amount of textiles purchased by the us military was $1.8 billion, up to $2.2 billion in previous years.


8. The United States is a global leader in textile research and development, developing next-generation textile materials such as conductive fabrics with antistatic properties, electronic textiles that can monitor heart rate and other vital signs, antibacterial fibers, bulletproof clothing, and new fabrics adapted to the climate to make the wearer warmer or cooler.

9. From 2006 to 2016, the U.S. textile industry invested $20 billion in new factories and equipment.

Recently, U.S. manufacturers opened new facilities throughout the textile production chain, including converting textiles and other waste into new textiles and resins.


Since 2000, the productivity of American textile factories has risen by 60 per cent.


11. American textile workers earned $646 a week in 2017, far more than employees in clothing stores and with health insurance and pension benefits.