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Furniture workshops and employees

 Furniture workshops and employees

This graph shows the rapid decline in the number of people employed in furniture making since the beginning of the 21st century. This has been largely due to increased cheap imports from China, leading to the closure of many local furniture factories. The number of furniture workshops has not shown the same precipitous fall, suggesting that bespoke furniture makers have maintained a market niche.

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Source: Statistics New Zealand

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William Cottrell, 'Furniture - 21st-century developments', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by William Cottrell, published 5 Sep 2013