Worker Shortage Influencing Furniture Industry

At one of the furniture factories in North Carolina, hundreds of craftsmen and craftswomen meticulously sew, trim and staple. It was obvious that much of the work is done by hand. An upholstery trimmer, Robert Shuford, whose works by hands was in high demand as the furniture industry is growing. “I would say it's booming,” he said.

When tariffs were put in place by former President Donald Trump’s administration, there was new pressure on manufacturers to move production to the U.S. All that work is forcing furniture makers to scramble for labor. At present, by some estimates, roughly half of upholstered furniture is made in America. Much of it right here in North Carolina, according to WFMY NEWS 2.

Plus, when the pandemic hit, people spent more time at home and furniture sales skyrocketed. There weren't enough skilled laborers to meet the demand.

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