Logistics Payrolls Surging Ahead of Fall Shipping Season

Transportation and warehousing companies added 15,600 jobs in July even as hiring in the broader U.S. economy cooled

By Jennifer Smith, August 3, 2018 Wall Street Journal

Logistics sector hiring kept up a brisk pace in July as delivery firms, trucking companies and warehouse operators added 15,600 jobs ahead of the peak shipping season.

Courier and messenger company payrolls rose by 7,600 jobs in July, the biggest monthly gain since March, according to preliminary figures the Labor Department released Friday, extending an expansion in transport operations driven by e-commerce and the home delivery of online purchases. It is the 18th straight month of gains in a sector that includes parcel carriers.

Warehouse and storage firms, where hiring has also has expanded under growing digital commerce grows, added 3,600 jobs last month.

Trucking companies hired 4,400 workers in July, gains that come as some carriers report turning down freight because they don’t have enough drivers. [Full Story]

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