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Value of Women’s Clothing Exceeds Billion Dollar Mark

April 30, 1923
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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (J.C.B.) will be glad to answer inquiries for further information about any of the news items contained in this Bulletin.

The Department of Commerce announces that, according to reports made to the Bureau of Census, the value of products of establishments engaged primarily in the manufacture of clothing for women, girls and children amounted to $1,022,743,000 in 1921, as compared with $1,208,543,000 in 1919, and 473,888,000 in 1914-a decrease of 15% from 1919 to 1921, but an increase of 116% for the seven year period, 1914 to 1921.

In addition to the amount shown for the classified industry, establishments assigned to other industry classifications reported women’s clothing as a subsidiary product to the value of $4,253,000 in 1921; $8,151,000 in 1919;

The establishments included under this classification manufactured not only cloaks, capes, suits, skirts dresses of all kinds, waists and blouses, but also kimonos, negligees, aprons, petticoats and undergarments (excepting knitted underwear), infants’ and children’s clothing, etc. Separate reports are being issued relating to “Millinery and lace goods”, “Corsets,” and “Knit goods”.

In March, the month of maximum employment, 155,195 wage earners were reported, and in December, the month of minimum employment, 127,378 the minimum representing 82 per cent of the maximum. The average number employed during 1921 was 144,865 as compared with 165,649 in 1919 and 168,907 in 1914.

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