I was doing some research on which fields have the best employment prospects and came across this sad bit of information: several of the jobs on the “fastest declining” list are in the garment and textile industry. While this isn’t particularly surprising, it’s still very sad. We’ve known for years that much of the clothing we buy that is manufactured overseas is produced under deplorable working conditions. Yet we as a country do little to nothing to stop it. Instead, we fully endorse it with our dollars. In addition, shipping items halfway around the world is hardly good for the environment. Instead, we could produce what we need domestically, reduce our carbon footprint, and provide good jobs for US citizens who need them now more than ever. It really speaks volumes about where our priorities are as a society.
As for me, I’ll continue producing clothing, for myself, right here in the USA.