The research suggests that many major apparel manufacturers are over-paying their own workers.
In fact, more than half of the apparel industry companies that responded to the research said that they had overpaid their employees.
The study by the non-profit, independent research group, found that nearly one-third of the industry companies said they were overpaying their employees, while another 19 percent said they had underpaid their workers.
The study comes after a report released by the American Federation of Labor last month that found that garment manufacturing companies are spending millions of dollars on labor expenses each year in an effort to increase wages and benefits.
The labor-intensive manufacturing industry has been criticized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its high wages, low benefits and high turnover.
According to the labor group, the average factory wage in the United States was $14.37 an hour in 2017, down from $16.80 an hour two years earlier.
However, the report found that apparel manufacturers across the board have reported a significant decrease in worker pay since the recession.
The number of garment workers that have lost their jobs has decreased from an estimated 8.3 million in 2017 to 7.6 million in 2018, according to the report.
The number of textile workers has decreased to just over 7 million in 2020 from over 10 million in 2016.
This year, there were just under 6.6 millonion garment workers, according the study, and there were less than 1.4 millonions textile workers.
“In many industries, the apparel workers and textile workers have both lost jobs since the Great Recession and are now facing long-term unemployment,” said Sarah Koester, president of the AFL-CIO’s Institute for Local Self-Reliance.