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IMMIGRANTS IN INDUSTRIES.
This report, which was prepared under the direction of the Commission by W. Jett Lauck, superintendent of agents, forms part of the general report of the Immigration Commission on immigrants in industries.
Relative importance of the different sources of family income..
THE LEATHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.
Explanation of study-Growth of the industry-Increase in the number of employeesTerritory included in the investigation-Households studied-Members of house. holds for whom detailed information was secured-Employees for whom information was secured-Preparation of the report-[Text Tables 1 to 9 and General Tables 1 to 7].
EXPLANATION OF STUDY.
The following study of the leather-manufacturing industry includes all establishments engaged in the preparation of tanned, curried, and finished leather products. It does not include any establishments which use leather of any description as raw material for the manufacture of further products, such as harness or boots and shoes.
GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY.
During the past forty years the leather-manufacturing industry of the United States has had a constant and rapid growth. The capital invested was $242,584,254 and the value of the annual output was $252,620,986 in the year 1905, as contrasted with a capital commitment of only $61,124,812 and a yearly production to the value of $157,237,597 in 1870. The following table sets forth in a summary form the expansion of the industry in the country as a whole during the period 1870-1905, and its status in the year 1905 in the principal leather manufacturing States:
TABLE 1.-Growth of the leather manufacturing industry in the United States, 1870-1905, and status in principal leather manufacturing States in 1905.
[Compiled from United States Census Special Reports, Manufactures, 1905, Part 3. Table 1, p. 257, and Table 12, pp. 278-281 and 284-287.]