The logistics sector is keeping up a brisk pace in hiring in July as delivery firms, trucking companies and warehouses added 15,600 jobs ahead of the peak shipping season in the United States.
According to an article by the Wall Street Journal, 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.
As the digital commerce grows, warehouse and storage added 3,600 jobs last month. As for trucking companies, 4,400 workers were hired in July. Truck operators have added more than 27,000 jobs over the past 12 months despite what company officials say are big challenges recruiting and keeping drivers in a tight labor market.
Many transportation and logistics companies have been reporting near-record earnings. Companies are also trying to keep up with the surging demand.
Transport companies are also announcing wage increases this year. According to the same article, overall wages rose 2.7% in July year-over-year, but the transportation and warehousing sector has seen wages grow a meagre 1.9%.