NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Boom in Warehouse Jobs”


Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at the boom in warehouse jobs.  Mike, people are always interested to learn where new jobs are being created.  I understand that one job that is expanding is really an old-school job – working in a warehouse.  But is there a new twist on this job?

 Mike:  Summary Answer

  1. One of my early jobs was in a furniture warehouse – receiving and storing furniture and furniture accessories before the items were delivered by truck to buyers’ homes
  2. But the new warehouse jobs are related to a specific kind of business – online businesses that offer quick delivery
  3. Warehouses – called in the business “distribution centers” are springing up all around the country
  4. Require workers to pack orders and prepare them for shipment
  5. The distribution centers are expanding so rapidly that are offering excellent wages for folks with little training – between $13 and $15 an hour
  6. Tend to be in larger regional cities with access to airports
  7. But great opportunity for many
  8. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service