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Economic Impacts of the Textile and Apparel Industries in Massachusetts (for the Massachusetts Textile and Apparel Council).

Professor Clyde Barrow, UMass Dartmouth

(May, 2000)

This study examines the economic impact on Massachusetts of the textile and apparel sectors and analyzes the industries' structure and trends over time. While the textile industry made a sustained long-term effort to increase new capital investment and closed the technology gap with substantial new investments during the 1990s, the apparel industry remained low-tech and labor-intensive, providing an important employment entry role for unskilled immigrants in many of the state's urban centers.

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