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Warehouse labor growth cools after torrid run in Inland Empire

The total number of warehouse workers in both Los Angeles and Orange county have increased incrementally, but modestly, during the past five years.

September 25, 2019
  • The total number of warehouse workers in both Los Angeles and Orange county have increased incrementally, but modestly, during the past five years, a reflection of built-out industrial markets with limited options to add new supply. On the other hand, the Inland Empire warehouse workforce has experienced explosive gains during the same period, growing by over 115 percent, compared to just 25 percent in Los Angeles. However, job growth has decelerated, growing by less than 1 percentage point during the past 12 months.
  • The recently booming warehousing sector in Southern California is now increasingly facing a diminished labor pool, especially in the Inland Empire, where developers continue to break ground on big-box warehouses that require thousands of workers to operate. But so too is much of the country; the time to fill a warehouse worker position in the Inland Empire takes only one day longer than the national average. As the epicenter for new big-box construction, this metric is likely to increase in the Inland Empire during the coming months. 

Source: CA EDD, Burning Glass, 2019

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