I saw this interesting tidbit in the Bureau of Labor Statistics press release that everybody’s talking about this morning:
Employment in transportation and warehousing rose sharply in December (+50,000). Almost all of the gain occurred in the couriers and messengers industry (+42,000).
I dug a little further into this and found the Department of Labor defines couriers as “a person who provides pick up and delivery of goods for customers, transporting the product in a motorized vehicle,” while “a messenger provides similar services to customers via foot or bike delivery.
I had seen a tiny uptick in bike messenger job listings over this past six months so I was excited that it made a noticeable impact on US labor job stats, but my excitement was misplaced and short lived. Basically, UPS and other delivery services hired 42,000 temps to deliver Christmas packages during this last holiday season. Some of them rode bicycles, but most drove the big brown trucks and rental trucks. Ah well.
Have a great weekend!
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