Upholsterers


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Upholsterers

Upholsterers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

About 17% of upholsterers are self-employed.

Major employers:

  • Household furniture manufacturers
  • Furniture repair shops
  • Office furniture manufacturers

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to decline. Furniture production is moving to other countries where labor costs are lower. As a result, there will be fewer jobs for upholsterers in this country. In addition, the use of more durable fabrics has led to a decline in the need for upholstery repairs in cars.

Demand for repairs will continue at a steady rate for valuable pieces of furniture. However, only the most experienced upholsters work on these pieces and job turnover is low.

Most job openings for upholsterers will be a result of people retiring or leaving the occupation for other work.

Upholsterers (CIS 100218)

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Illinois
1,161
Small
&
-3.1%
5.8%
>>>>
112
Few
  Champaign Area
16
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
51
Medium
&
0.0%
5.0%
>>>>
5
Few
  Cook County
421
Small
&
-4.0%
5.6%
>>>>
40
Few
  Decatur Area
9
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
0
None
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
60
Small
&
1.7%
9.7%
>>>>
7
Few
  Du Page County
128
Small
&
-5.5%
5.4%
>>>>
11
Few
  Edwardsville Area
26
Small
&
0.0%
5.1%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
9
Very small
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
0
None
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
16
Very small
&
0.0%
5.2%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Lake County
57
Small
&
-3.5%
8.6%
>>>>
5
Very few
  McHenry County
26
Small
&
-11.5%
6.8%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
19
Small
&
0.0%
6.8%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Northwest Illinois Area
29
Small
&
-10.3%
3.6%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
61
Small
&
-1.6%
7.3%
>>>>
7
Few
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
19
Small
&
-10.5%
4.3%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
18
Very small
&
0.0%
5.7%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Rockford Area
55
Small
&
-1.8%
7.6%
>>>>
5
Few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
12
Very small
&
-8.3%
2.4%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Springfield Area
16
Very small
&
-6.2%
4.7%
>>>>
2
Very few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
33
Small
&
0.0%
6.4%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Vermilion County
8
Very small
&
0.0%
4.9%
>>>>
0
None
  Will County
69
Small
&
1.4%
9.1%
>>>>
7
Few
United States
35,200
Small
&
-3.7%
3.7%
>>>>
2,500
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.