American Industry Overview: Women's, Juniors' and Girls' Dresses

This entry describes establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing women's, girls', and juniors' dresses (including ensemble dresses), from purchased woven or knit fabrics, including woven or knit fabrics of paper, whether sold by the piece or by the dozen.

Industry Snapshot

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 374 establishments operated in the women's and girls' cut and sew dress manufacturing industry in 2007, down from 525 in 2004. As in most segments of the U.S. apparel industry, employment decreased significantly, from 11,754 in 2004 to 8,338 in 2007, and was expected to continue dropping well into the 2010s. Companies in this industry tended to be small, with 78 percent employing fewer than 20 workers and only 6 percent employing more than 100. Of those employed in the industry, 62 percent worked in production. Total shipments for the industry were $2.2 billion in 2007. New York and California were the two top states in the nation in terms of both number of workers employed by the industry and revenues, according to Dun and Bradstreet's 2009 Industry Reports.