Carpenters


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Central, East Central, North Central, Northeast, Northern Stateline, Northwest, Southeast, Southern, Southwest, Statewide, Career Cluster
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Carpenters

Carpenters - 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 28% of carpenters are self-employed.

Major employers:

  • House construction companies
  • Office and industrial building construction companies
  • Framing contractors
  • Finish carpentry contractors

Outlook

Job growth for carpenters will be show little to no change over the next few years. Demand for housing increases as the population grows. Jobs will also be created when government spending increases for projects such as bridges and roads. 

However, builders are using more pre-built components, such as wall panels and stairs. These can be installed very quickly, lowering the need for carpenters. In addition, improved glues and lightweight, cordless tools make carpenters more efficient.

Carpenters sometimes have periods of unemployment. This is due to the short-term nature of many jobs and construction slow downs during colder months. During economic slowdowns, the number of job openings for carpenters declines. Carpenters who have all-round skills will have the best job prospects.

Carpenters (CIS 100265)

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Illinois
33,091
Very large
&
5.7%
5.8%
>>>>
3,250
Very High
  Champaign Area
833
Very large
&
4.0%
7.0%
>>>>
79
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
715
Very large
&
4.2%
5.0%
>>>>
69
Very High
  Cook County
11,968
Very large
&
5.0%
5.6%
>>>>
1,163
Very High
  Decatur Area
585
Very large
&
-2.7%
7.0%
>>>>
50
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
2,091
Very large
&
7.3%
9.7%
>>>>
209
Very High
  Du Page County
3,422
Very large
&
1.5%
5.4%
>>>>
315
Very High
  Edwardsville Area
953
Very large
&
5.1%
5.1%
>>>>
93
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
340
Very large
&
8.5%
7.0%
>>>>
35
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
457
Very large
&
-1.5%
5.2%
>>>>
40
Very High
  Lake County
1,947
Very large
&
7.8%
8.6%
>>>>
197
Very High
  McHenry County
1,044
Very large
&
9.7%
6.8%
>>>>
109
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
486
Very large
&
6.0%
6.8%
>>>>
48
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
812
Very large
&
2.0%
3.6%
>>>>
76
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
1,576
Very large
&
3.6%
7.3%
>>>>
150
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
517
Very large
&
2.1%
4.3%
>>>>
48
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
549
Very large
&
0.0%
5.7%
>>>>
49
Very High
  Rockford Area
952
Very large
&
13.2%
7.6%
>>>>
104
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
248
Very large
&
-0.4%
2.4%
>>>>
22
Very High
  Springfield Area
676
Very large
&
8.3%
4.7%
>>>>
69
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
1,047
Very large
&
16.0%
6.4%
>>>>
119
Very High
  Vermilion County
153
Very large
&
1.3%
4.9%
>>>>
14
High
  Will County
2,151
Very large
&
8.1%
9.1%
>>>>
218
Very High
United States
1,024,100
Very large
&
-0.4%
3.7%
>>>>
89,000
Very High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.