Spotlight on Statistics

May 2012

BLS Spotlight on Statistics: Fashion

Chart Data

Compensation for U.S. and Foreign Apparel Manufacturers

Apparel manufacturing, hourly compensation costs for all employees, U.S. dollars, 2002–2007
Country or Area 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

United States

$15.37 $16.63 $17.28 $18.01 $18.65 $20.42

Argentina

1.26 1.55 2.04 2.39 2.74 3.20

Australia

13.38 18.39 22.42 26.58 29.81 34.00

Austria

15.43 18.07 19.71 20.89 21.99 24.81

Belgium

18.18 22.61 25.94 27.31 28.60 31.87

Brazil

1.16 1.17 1.35 1.87 2.18 2.73

Canada

11.07 12.61 14.32 14.95 16.91 18.53

Czech Republic

2.85 3.58 4.17 4.58 5.08 5.84

Finland

15.98 18.26 21.95 22.89 23.33 26.87

France

18.33 22.46 25.33 26.33 27.76 31.02

Germany

24.05 29.78 33.02 33.14 35.04 39.32

Hungary

2.66 3.11 3.50 3.91 3.93 5.02

Israel

6.97 7.22 6.80 7.31 7.56 7.59

Italy

13.49 17.46 20.24 21.00 21.67 24.29

Japan (1)

11.77 13.20 13.91 14.29 13.08 12.70

Korea, Republic of

6.26 7.17 7.77 10.54 13.01 14.09

Mexico

1.88 1.79 1.79 1.92 2.05 2.10

Philippines

0.61 0.62 0.66 0.71 0.81 0.88

Poland

2.34 2.55 2.77 3.21 3.54 4.24

Slovakia

2.08 2.68 3.12 3.36 3.67 4.76

Spain

8.36 10.71 12.53 13.16 13.56 15.97

Taiwan

4.87 4.82 5.22 6.24 6.19 6.13

United Kingdom

15.03 17.04 19.79 20.61 22.93 26.60

Footnotes:
(1) Excludes leather and fur gloves and mittens

Source: International Labor Comparisons | Chart

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