Cobblers


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
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100452
Cobblers

Cobblers - 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 19% of shoe and leather workers are self-employed.

Major employers:

  • Shoe repair stores
  • Shoe manufacturers
  • Leather apparel manufacturers

Outlook

Demand for this occupation is declining. Most shoes are imported from other countries. They are inexpensive and as a result, people are more likely to replace shoes than have them repaired. Most shoe and leather shops specialize in high quality, expensive, custom leather products. Leather workers who can find a position at a busy, successful shop will fare best. As the population ages, there should be a demand for custom shoes made for health reasons.

Despite the decline, job openings will occur as current workers retire.

Shoe and Leather Workers (CIS 100452)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
282
Very small
&
-6.4%
5.8%
>>>>
24
Very few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
5
Very small
&
0.0%
5.0%
>>>>
0
None
  Cook County
107
Very small
&
-8.4%
5.6%
>>>>
9
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
11
Very small
&
-9.1%
9.7%
>>>>
0
None
  Du Page County
18
Very small
&
-16.7%
5.4%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Edwardsville Area
8
Very small
&
-12.5%
5.1%
>>>>
0
None
  Lake County
26
Very small
&
-3.8%
8.6%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Northwest Illinois Area
9
Very small
&
-11.1%
3.6%
>>>>
0
None
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
13
Very small
&
-15.4%
7.3%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
11
Very small
&
0.0%
5.7%
>>>>
0
None
  Rockford Area
6
Very small
&
-16.7%
7.6%
>>>>
0
None
  St Louis-Belleville Area
27
Very small
&
3.7%
6.4%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Will County
14
Very small
&
-7.1%
9.1%
>>>>
2
Very few
United States
10,800
Very small
&
-10.2%
3.7%
>>>>
1,000
Very few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.