Industry Information about Men’s ClothingClose to 225 establishments active in the manufacture of men's and boys' work clothing accounted for an inflation-adjusted value of product shipments of $1.9 billion in 2000. This was a significant change from a three-year downward trend. Also, materials costs increased in 2000, to $1.03 billion after declining for three consecutive years. Different from other apparel industries, the men's work clothing industry has continued to stay moderately immune from the imports wreaking chaos on the domestic markets of their apparel counterparts.Recent Trends in Men’s ClothingDollar value of shipments for work clothing showed modest declines through the late 1990s. However, shipments rebounded to $1.9 billion in 2000 from $1.68 billion in 1999. The stabilization of the men's work clothing industry in 2000 resulted because of the U.S. economy's structural transfer to service-providing industries where career apparel tended to be standard. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment estimates, approximately 9 out of every 10 new jobs in the 1990s were added in service-offering industries. The industry of men’s clothing in Atlanta and Chicago men’s clothing remain one of the industry’s dominant companies since 1996, because of Illinois and Georgia-based Riverside Manufacturing Co., with $240 million in sales and 2,400 employees.Businesses in This CategoryThis category covers establishments engaged in manufacturing men's and boys' work shirts, workpants (excluding jeans), other work clothing, and washable service apparel. This industry covers establishments primarily involved in manufacturing separate trousers and slacks.
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