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Furniture Manufacturing Workers

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There are approximately 115,900 cabinetmakers and bench carpenters, 21,200 furniture finishers, 38,300 upholsterers, and 80,500 woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders (except sawing) in the United States. Furniture manufacturing workers are employed at a variety of companies, depending on the particular position held. Most industry employees work at furniture manufacturing firms, but some find jobs at repair establishments or restoration shops. Although cabinetmakers and upholsters usually work at such companies, many find a variety of other employment opportunities. Cabinetmakers, for example, are often self-employed, although some work at construction companies or cabinetmaking contracting firms. Upholsterers, on the other hand, may work at textile companies, for interior designers, at large furniture stores, or in the wholesale or retail trade. Like cabinetmakers, upholsterers are commonly self-employed, with about 35 percent in business for himself or herself.

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