Logistics, transportation jobs spike in August: 5 things to know

Logistic and transportation companies created 14,900 new jobs in August, despite a recent lull in shipping volumes and manufacturing activity in 2016, according to a report released by the U.S. Labor Department Friday.

A decrease in shipping and manufacturing activity did not stop logistic and transportation organizations from adding 14,900 jobs last month, according to a U.S. Labor Department report released Friday.

Here are five things to know.

  1. Warehousing and storage companies added 4,300 positions as the steady growth of the e-commerce market has called for more hands to package and ship goods, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the past year, distribution centers have added more than 48,000 jobs.

  2. Trucking firms added 3,400 positions in August — and 1,700 in July — after regularly letting go of workers in the first half of the year due to low demand for service.

  3. Rail transportation companies added 100 employees in August after slashing almost 24,000 jobs due to a sharp decrease in coal and energy shipments.

  4. Courier and messenger companies added 4,000 jobs last month, expanding the workforce by 22,600 jobs in the past year.

  5. The overall job market increased by 151,000 jobs in August.

 

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