People are looking more and more at buying clothing that is “Made in the USA”. For years there was a drain out of the United States of manufacturers who could not compete with foreign pricing. Many companies pay their employees less outside of the country than they do within the United States. Significantly less.
These wages could be much better than what the employees could make outside of the factory so they are really helping these people. Nonetheless, this does not help the American who has lost his or her job to a worker in another country. Now these jobs are beginning to come back. Recognize that they are different kinds of jobs than what left.
The US cannot compete with the low wages of foreign countries, but we can compete technologically. More US textile manufacturers are putting in more computer controlled systems with robotics doing some of the work.
Cutting out fabric can be controlled to a level that humans cannot manage. With a robotic system cutting the fabric from a bolt there is less waste and greater precision. A size six is always a six and will wear exactly the same from garment to garment. Much of the sewing can now be done robotically and with speed and precision.
As these systems are implemented there is need for trained technicians to watch and quality check the robotic systems. They need to know how to tweak the system to keep them running optimally. They need to understand the robotic and computer systems to keep them working and to fix them when they do break down.
Yes there are fewer humans per bale of clothing leaving the factory, but there are now more Americans employed in the clothing industry than there were just a few years ago. Thank you robotics!