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Transportation Hiring Rebounds in November

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Logistics and transport companies added 6,400 jobs, with warehousing, trucking and railroads joining a surge in national hiring

By Loretta Chao
December 4, 2015, 3:02 p.m. ET

Transportation and logistics companies added 6,400 jobs in November, rebounding from a decline in October, the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday.

The growth, which included gains in warehousing, trucking and rail, comes amid slowdowns in China and Europe, showing U.S. companies that rely on domestic demand have been resilient, analysts say. The overall economy added 211,000 new jobs for the month, led by growth in the construction, health-care services and retail sectors.

Following slower hiring declines in recent months, including a 2,100 drop in jobs in the sector in October, trucking employment expanded by 2,300 jobs last month on a seasonally-adjusted basis and the railroad industry added 1,200 jobs.

Warehouse hiring also continued to grow, adding 3,000 jobs in November after increasing by 5,100 jobs a month earlier, underscoring the shift toward e-commerce as the peak holiday season kicked off. Warehousing employment has grown by 48,200 jobs in the last 12 months, piggybacking on the growth in retail hiring spurred by online sales.

Retailers added 30,700 jobs from October to November this year and the industry has added 284,200 jobs since November 2014. MORE>

 

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