By JOE HARRIS, AP WriterThe American Federation of Labor’s (AFL) latest report shows how the clothing industry supports more than 20 million workers across the country, with some 70 percent of those workers in occupations that pay minimum wage.
The AFL’s report, “Manufacturing the American Dream,” said manufacturing has long been a vital component of the American economy and that the American worker is at the heart of the manufacturing sector.
The report said apparel and other merchandise manufacturing employed 1.2 million workers in 2018, which represented a 2.3 percent increase over 2017.
It’s up 6.9 percent from 2016.
The jobs numbers come as President Donald Trump pushes to boost the country’s manufacturing sector, a priority for his administration as it seeks to win support from Congress.