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Leather Tanning and Finishing Workers
Suppliers of leather and leather goods from most developing countries have substantial cost advantage over U.S. producers because they pay much lower wages. U.S. imports of leather and leather goods have increased, leading to tannery closures and movement of tanneries to the developing countries. Leather production, however, has remained fairly steady, and technically skilled workers should be able to secure jobs, though they will compete for fewer positions.