Transportation and warehouse companies added 14,400 jobs in July, with hiring at transit and transit operations offsetting slower employment growth in the shipping and logistics industry.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday showed the transport sector maintaining the steady pace of job expansion over the past year. Wages also ticked up 0.9% in July on a seasonally- adjusted basis after a downturn in the spring, a sign that companies are more focused on retaining workers.
The logistics operators make up the largest share of the 145,200 jobs added in the transport sector since July 2014. According to the BLS seasonally-adjusted data, trucking companies have added 50,100 jobs in the last 12 months while courier and messenger hiring has expanded by 30,200 jobs and warehouse and storage business hiring has grown by 29,400.
July’s 0.9% increase in seasonally-adjusted average weekly wages, to $886.92, followed a 0.8% decline in June. Wages in the transport and warehouse sector have grown 0.7% in the last 12 months, adding $6.42 a week.