NYC Garment Industry

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 11, Pg. 93-94

Document Type: Feature article


For decades, New York City's most important industry has been garment manufacturing. Traditionally, it had been a major source of entry level jobs for recent immigrants to the City. But since World War II — and especially since 1970 — there's been a drastic decline in garment-industry jobs. Among reasons for exodus: soaring taxes; foreign competition; changes in production methods; and attractive incentives by many job-hungry southern communities.

Subject Headings: Industries | Manufacturing | Taxation | Light rail transit | New York | United States

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