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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: Growth of US Warehouse Workers Accelerates


Number of Warehouse and DC Workers has Really Accelerated in Last Four Years, and that is Before Amazon Plans to Hire 50,000 More

Aug. 31, 2017
SCDigest Editorial Staff

The number of non-supervisory jobs in warehouses and distribution centers has risen solidly over the past decade - but really accelerated in recent years.

According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on successive June numbers from 2007 through 2017, the number of jobs has risen from 574,900 in 2007 to 830,700 this year.


That a total growth rate of 45% over the decade, and represents an annual growth rate of 3.75%  for the period, but that includes two years of dips in 2009 and 2010 after the Great Recession, as shown in the graphic below:



Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


But the growth has recently accelerated, up a sharp 8.5% annually over the past four years. And that that is before Amazon's announced plans to hire an additonal 50,000 fulfillment center workers before the year's end. That 50,000 would represent about 6% additional growth to the current numbers - and further tighten the already challenging labor market in many regions.


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