ApparelStats and ShoeStats 2016 at-a-glance

AAFA is proud to present this ApparelStats and ShoeStats 2016 summary at-a-glance.

ApparelStats and ShoeStats are the only comprehensive and authoritative sources for U.S. apparel and footwear industry statistics. These reports define the size, scope, and impact of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry with regards to the U.S. economy. AAFA's analysis of the data from 2015 reveals several trends and updated statistics on the industry, including:

In 2015, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry contributed $384 billion in retail sales to the U.S. economy.

The U.S. apparel and footwear industry directly employed 3.8 million Americans in 2015 in well-paying jobs in design, research and development, marketing, distribution, compliance, manufacturing, and retail. The industry also indirectly supported another 2 million U.S. jobs.

The U.S. apparel and footwear manufacturing industry continued its resurgence in 2015, with U.S. production rising for the sixth consecutive year in 2015. In 2015, U.S. shoe production supplied 1.6 percent of the U.S. market, its highest market share since 2004 and U.S. apparel production accounted for 2.7 percent of the U.S. market in 2015, its highest market share since 2008.

That also means that 98.4 percent of the shoes sold in the United States and 97.3 percent of clothes sold in the United States were imported.

U.S. per capita consumption rose to 67.9 garments and 7.8 shoes, on average, for every man, woman, and child in the United States, returning to almost pre-recession levels.

Average per capita spending on shoes and clothes, for every man, woman, and child in the United States, hit a new record of $1,180 in 2015.

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