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Employment in warehousing and storage nearly triples since January 1990

October 31, 2019

Employment in warehousing and storage nearly tripled from 409,000 in January 1990 to 1.2 million in August 2019. Within warehousing and storage, growth in general warehousing and storage has outpaced employment growth in refrigerated warehousing and storage and in miscellaneous warehousing and storage.

Employment indexes for warehousing and storage, January 1990–August 2019
Month Warehousing and storage General warehousing and storage Refrigerated warehousing and storage Miscellaneous warehousing and storage

Jan 1990

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Feb 1990

99.9 99.5 101.1 100.6

Mar 1990

100.0 99.7 101.1 100.6

Apr 1990

100.2 99.7 102.1 101.2

May 1990

100.0 99.7 101.8 101.2

Jun 1990

100.2 99.7 102.1 101.6

Jul 1990

100.2 99.7 102.1 101.6

Aug 1990

100.0 99.5 102.5 101.2

Sep 1990

100.4 99.6 103.9 102.5

Oct 1990

99.9 99.5 102.1 100.9

Nov 1990

99.8 99.5 101.4 100.0

Dec 1990

99.6 99.3 100.7 99.7

Jan 1991

99.7 99.6 101.1 99.7

Feb 1991

99.3 98.9 101.1 99.7

Mar 1991

99.2 98.8 101.4 99.7

Apr 1991

98.8 98.2 101.4 99.4

May 1991

98.3 98.2 101.1 98.8

Jun 1991

98.8 98.5 101.1 99.1

Jul 1991

98.8 98.5 100.0 98.8

Aug 1991

99.0 98.7 101.1 99.4

Sep 1991

99.1 98.7 101.4 99.7

Oct 1991

99.4 98.8 102.8 100.6

Nov 1991

99.5 98.8 103.5 101.2

Dec 1991

99.8 99.0 104.9 102.5

Jan 1992

99.3 98.8 102.8 100.6

Feb 1992

99.4 98.9 102.1 100.0

Mar 1992

99.3 99.0 100.7 99.1

Apr 1992

99.5 99.1 101.4 99.7

May 1992

99.6 99.3 102.1 100.0

Jun 1992

99.8 99.5 101.8 99.7

Jul 1992

99.8 99.4 102.1 100.3

Aug 1992

99.9 99.5 102.5 100.3

Sep 1992

100.2 99.7 102.8 100.6

Oct 1992

99.9 99.5 102.1 100.0

Nov 1992

100.0 99.6 103.2 100.6

Dec 1992

100.3 99.8 103.9 101.2

Jan 1993

100.6 100.2 103.9 100.9

Feb 1993

100.8 100.4 103.9 101.2

Mar 1993

100.9 100.5 103.5 100.9

Apr 1993

101.2 100.8 103.9 101.6

May 1993

101.4 101.1 104.2 101.6

Jun 1993

101.4 101.1 104.2 101.2

Jul 1993

101.7 101.5 103.9 100.9

Aug 1993

101.8 101.5 103.9 101.2

Sep 1993

102.0 101.8 103.9 100.9

Oct 1993

102.5 102.1 104.9 102.2

Nov 1993

102.5 102.3 104.6 101.9

Dec 1993

102.7 102.5 104.6 101.9

Jan 1994

103.2 102.9 105.7 102.8

Feb 1994

103.8 103.4 106.7 103.7

Mar 1994

104.4 104.0 107.4 104.3

Apr 1994

104.8 104.4 107.8 105.0

May 1994

105.1 104.7 108.1 105.3

Jun 1994

105.5 105.1 107.8 105.6

Jul 1994

106.1 105.6 109.5 106.5

Aug 1994

106.5 106.1 109.9 106.8

Sep 1994

107.3 106.7 112.4 108.7

Oct 1994

107.7 107.2 111.7 108.4

Nov 1994

108.2 107.7 111.7 108.7

Dec 1994

108.6 108.3 111.7 108.4

Jan 1995

108.6 108.4 111.0 108.1

Feb 1995

108.6 108.4 110.6 108.1

Mar 1995

108.5 108.2 111.3 108.4

Apr 1995

108.8 108.4 111.0 108.1

May 1995

108.9 108.6 111.0 108.1

Jun 1995

109.2 108.8 111.3 108.7

Jul 1995

109.1 108.8 111.7 108.4

Aug 1995

109.5 109.1 112.7 109.0

Sep 1995

109.5 109.2 111.7 108.4

Oct 1995

109.4 109.2 111.3 107.8

Nov 1995

109.7 109.5 111.7 108.4

Dec 1995

109.9 109.5 112.7 109.3

Jan 1996

110.2 109.9 113.4 109.6

Feb 1996

110.4 110.0 113.8 110.6

Mar 1996

110.5 110.0 114.1 110.6

Apr 1996

110.6 110.0 114.8 110.9

May 1996

110.9 110.4 115.9 111.5

Jun 1996

111.2 110.7 114.8 111.2

Jul 1996

111.2 110.9 114.1 110.6

Aug 1996

111.0 110.6 114.1 110.2

Sep 1996

111.2 110.8 114.1 110.9

Oct 1996

111.5 111.1 114.5 110.6

Nov 1996

112.1 111.4 117.0 113.0

Dec 1996

111.8 111.3 116.3 112.7

Jan 1997

111.7 111.1 116.6 112.4

Feb 1997

112.1 111.4 117.7 113.4

Mar 1997

112.6 112.0 117.0 113.0

Apr 1997

112.8 112.2 117.3 113.0

May 1997

112.7 112.3 117.7 113.4

Jun 1997

113.1 112.6 117.7 113.4

Jul 1997

113.6 112.9 118.7 114.6

Aug 1997

113.9 113.2 119.4 114.9

Sep 1997

114.1 113.3 120.1 115.8

Oct 1997

114.5 113.6 121.2 116.8

Nov 1997

114.8 113.8 121.9 117.4

Dec 1997

114.9 114.2 121.6 117.4

Jan 1998

115.0 114.1 123.0 118.0

Feb 1998

115.1 114.2 121.9 117.4

Mar 1998

115.5 114.5 123.0 118.3

Apr 1998

115.6 114.5 123.0 118.6

May 1998

116.0 114.9 123.3 118.9

Jun 1998

116.3 115.1 124.0 119.3

Jul 1998

116.5 115.5 124.0 119.3

Aug 1998

117.0 116.0 124.7 120.2

Sep 1998

117.5 116.5 124.7 120.2

Oct 1998

117.8 116.8 125.1 120.2

Nov 1998

118.1 117.2 125.1 120.5

Dec 1998

118.5 117.8 125.4 121.1

Jan 1999

118.9 117.6 128.3 123.0

Feb 1999

119.6 118.1 130.4 124.8

Mar 1999

119.7 118.2 130.4 125.2

Apr 1999

120.3 118.9 130.7 125.5

May 1999

120.8 119.2 130.7 126.1

Jun 1999

121.2 119.7 130.7 125.8

Jul 1999

121.3 119.9 131.8 126.7

Aug 1999

121.8 120.3 132.5 127.0

Sep 1999

122.5 120.8 135.0 128.6

Oct 1999

123.1 121.4 135.7 129.2

Nov 1999

123.7 121.9 136.4 130.1

Dec 1999

124.5 123.1 138.2 131.1

Jan 2000

124.6 122.8 137.5 130.7

Feb 2000

124.9 122.8 138.9 132.0

Mar 2000

125.2 123.1 139.6 133.2

Apr 2000

125.6 123.4 141.3 133.2

May 2000

125.6 123.1 140.6 135.1

Jun 2000

126.8 124.3 142.0 136.0

Jul 2000

126.7 124.4 142.8 136.6

Aug 2000

127.0 124.6 143.8 137.0

Sep 2000

127.2 124.9 144.2 136.0

Oct 2000

127.3 125.0 144.2 136.3

Nov 2000

128.0 125.5 145.2 137.6

Dec 2000

128.7 126.7 145.6 137.9

Jan 2001

128.1 125.3 147.7 139.1

Feb 2001

127.8 125.0 146.3 139.4

Mar 2001

128.0 124.9 148.1 140.4

Apr 2001

127.9 124.7 148.4 142.2

May 2001

127.7 124.2 151.6 139.8

Jun 2001

127.2 123.1 154.4 142.2

Jul 2001

126.7 122.7 155.1 145.0

Aug 2001

126.6 122.4 153.7 145.3

Sep 2001

125.1 121.0 151.2 143.8

Oct 2001

124.2 120.3 149.1 143.5

Nov 2001

123.3 119.3 148.1 142.9

Dec 2001

123.7 120.1 147.3 144.4

Jan 2002

124.8 120.8 148.4 144.7

Feb 2002

126.4 122.5 152.7 143.5

Mar 2002

125.4 121.2 154.4 142.5

Apr 2002

125.4 121.1 154.4 144.4

May 2002

126.1 121.6 155.5 145.3

Jun 2002

126.6 122.3 154.4 146.3

Jul 2002

126.4 122.7 150.2 146.0

Aug 2002

128.1 123.9 153.7 148.1

Sep 2002

128.5 124.3 154.8 148.1

Oct 2002

128.9 124.6 156.5 149.4

Nov 2002

128.8 124.7 157.2 147.2

Dec 2002

128.7 124.4 157.6 150.9

Jan 2003

128.3 124.4 155.1 146.0

Feb 2003

130.1 126.5 154.1 145.3

Mar 2003

128.6 125.3 150.9 142.2

Apr 2003

129.1 125.7 150.9 144.1

May 2003

129.3 126.0 148.8 144.7

Jun 2003

129.2 125.7 149.5 145.7

Jul 2003

129.4 126.2 150.2 145.3

Aug 2003

129.9 126.6 149.1 144.1

Sep 2003

130.8 127.5 150.2 147.2

Oct 2003

131.6 128.2 151.9 148.1

Nov 2003

131.9 128.4 154.4 150.0

Dec 2003

130.5 126.4 156.2 150.3

Jan 2004

133.6 129.9 158.3 151.9

Feb 2004

134.4 130.7 156.5 153.7

Mar 2004

135.7 132.3 155.8 154.3

Apr 2004

136.4 133.3 155.5 152.8

May 2004

135.4 131.9 153.7 151.9

Jun 2004

136.5 134.0 152.3 144.7

Jul 2004

137.3 134.9 152.7 151.2

Aug 2004

137.5 134.7 155.8 149.1

Sep 2004

138.5 135.9 153.4 151.9

Oct 2004

140.9 137.7 165.7 151.9

Nov 2004

140.4 137.6 160.4 153.1

Dec 2004

140.5 137.3 158.7 156.8

Jan 2005

141.3 138.6 158.0 154.0

Feb 2005

142.3 139.5 161.5 154.3

Mar 2005

142.8 140.0 158.3 159.3

Apr 2005

143.5 140.8 161.5 156.8

May 2005

144.2 140.6 166.8 156.8

Jun 2005

146.9 143.4 168.9 159.3

Jul 2005

146.7 144.0 165.4 159.3

Aug 2005

147.9 145.2 164.7 159.9

Sep 2005

148.8 146.5 163.3 158.7

Oct 2005

149.2 147.4 161.1 157.8

Nov 2005

150.2 148.5 161.8 157.1

Dec 2005

151.2 149.6 162.2 156.2

Jan 2006

152.5 151.1 158.7 159.6

Feb 2006

153.9 152.0 165.7 161.2

Mar 2006

154.2 152.5 167.1 160.2

Apr 2006

155.0 153.0 166.8 163.7

May 2006

155.9 153.7 166.1 165.5

Jun 2006

157.0 155.1 167.8 163.0

Jul 2006

157.8 156.3 168.9 163.0

Aug 2006

158.2 156.6 170.3 163.4

Sep 2006

158.4 157.0 169.3 162.4

Oct 2006

159.1 157.6 169.3 164.9

Nov 2006

159.9 158.2 169.3 168.3

Dec 2006

161.4 159.8 171.0 166.5

Jan 2007

161.4 159.7 172.4 165.5

Feb 2007

161.6 160.0 172.8 165.5

Mar 2007

161.6 160.3 170.3 166.5

Apr 2007

162.4 161.2 169.6 165.2

May 2007

163.1 161.8 169.6 167.1

Jun 2007

163.3 162.0 169.6 168.0

Jul 2007

163.5 162.2 170.3 169.9

Aug 2007

163.3 161.8 171.0 171.7

Sep 2007

165.0 163.4 172.4 171.4

Oct 2007

166.1 164.8 173.9 172.4

Nov 2007

166.2 164.6 173.5 173.0

Dec 2007

166.1 164.3 176.0 174.2

Jan 2008

165.9 164.1 171.4 174.2

Feb 2008

166.2 164.4 175.3 174.2

Mar 2008

166.6 165.0 175.6 175.2

Apr 2008

167.1 165.5 174.6 175.2

May 2008

166.8 165.4 173.5 175.5

Jun 2008

166.4 165.0 171.4 173.9

Jul 2008

166.0 164.8 170.0 173.0

Aug 2008

165.3 164.1 171.7 171.4

Sep 2008

164.6 163.1 172.8 170.5

Oct 2008

164.0 162.3 174.6 173.0

Nov 2008

162.9 160.8 174.9 172.7

Dec 2008

161.8 159.7 172.1 172.0

Jan 2009

161.7 159.2 172.4 173.0

Feb 2009

160.0 157.9 170.0 171.4

Mar 2009

159.6 157.4 175.3 168.6

Apr 2009

158.2 154.8 188.3 169.3

May 2009

157.2 153.6 186.9 168.0

Jun 2009

156.8 153.1 186.6 168.3

Jul 2009

156.2 152.4 184.1 170.2

Aug 2009

155.6 152.4 179.5 168.9

Sep 2009

154.8 151.4 179.2 167.1

Oct 2009

153.8 150.9 176.3 164.3

Nov 2009

153.5 150.6 174.6 163.7

Dec 2009

153.6 150.9 174.6 160.9

Jan 2010

153.7 151.3 168.9 158.7

Feb 2010

153.6 151.7 169.6 158.7

Mar 2010

154.8 152.8 173.5 158.7

Apr 2010

155.2 153.2 172.8 159.9

May 2010

155.7 153.9 170.0 160.9

Jun 2010

156.5 154.8 169.6 160.9

Jul 2010

155.6 154.2 166.8 159.9

Aug 2010

155.9 154.6 166.8 160.9

Sep 2010

156.4 155.2 165.7 162.4

Oct 2010

156.9 155.4 167.1 162.4

Nov 2010

157.6 156.0 169.3 161.2

Dec 2010

157.8 156.1 171.0 162.7

Jan 2011

158.0 155.6 172.8 164.0

Feb 2011

158.4 156.4 175.3 164.3

Mar 2011

158.5 156.2 177.0 165.5

Apr 2011

159.1 156.9 179.2 164.9

May 2011

159.6 157.2 180.2 164.3

Jun 2011

160.4 157.9 182.0 164.9

Jul 2011

161.2 158.5 184.5 168.6

Aug 2011

161.9 159.0 184.1 175.8

Sep 2011

162.2 159.2 183.7 176.4

Oct 2011

162.4 160.0 183.7 166.1

Nov 2011

162.8 160.7 179.2 165.8

Dec 2011

163.4 161.3 181.6 166.8

Jan 2012

164.0 161.4 182.7 168.6

Feb 2012

165.0 163.2 181.6 170.5

Mar 2012

165.4 163.6 180.9 169.6

Apr 2012

166.8 165.0 182.0 169.6

May 2012

168.0 166.3 183.7 169.9

Jun 2012

168.8 167.1 184.5 169.6

Jul 2012

169.7 168.1 190.5 167.4

Aug 2012

170.2 169.1 186.9 166.5

Sep 2012

170.8 170.0 186.9 164.9

Oct 2012

171.8 170.6 187.6 167.7

Nov 2012

172.7 171.4 187.6 167.4

Dec 2012

174.6 173.7 186.9 168.6

Jan 2013

172.7 171.6 186.2 167.4

Feb 2013

172.7 172.0 188.3 166.8

Mar 2013

173.1 172.5 183.7 167.4

Apr 2013

173.3 173.0 182.3 165.2

May 2013

173.0 173.0 180.9 164.0

Jun 2013

173.9 173.9 180.2 165.2

Jul 2013

174.5 174.4 180.6 168.9

Aug 2013

175.3 174.9 182.7 173.6

Sep 2013

176.4 175.9 185.2 173.3

Oct 2013

176.9 176.8 184.5 168.3

Nov 2013

177.8 177.4 187.3 167.7

Dec 2013

178.8 178.5 189.4 167.4

Jan 2014

178.1 177.8 189.4 167.1

Feb 2014

178.7 178.9 186.6 167.1

Mar 2014

180.0 180.4 185.9 167.4

Apr 2014

180.9 181.7 184.5 167.1

May 2014

182.7 183.7 185.2 164.6

Jun 2014

184.1 185.7 184.1 163.7

Jul 2014

185.7 187.8 182.7 162.7

Aug 2014

186.8 189.3 183.0 163.0

Sep 2014

187.3 189.7 183.4 161.2

Oct 2014

187.8 190.1 188.3 163.0

Nov 2014

189.5 191.6 188.3 164.6

Dec 2014

189.9 192.9 183.4 161.2

Jan 2015

191.9 194.6 185.9 163.0

Feb 2015

194.7 197.0 195.4 164.6

Mar 2015

196.1 198.7 196.5 164.3

Apr 2015

197.7 200.5 198.2 162.7

May 2015

199.6 202.5 198.2 165.8

Jun 2015

202.4 205.7 199.6 165.8

Jul 2015

205.3 209.1 199.3 165.5

Aug 2015

207.0 211.6 197.5 165.2

Sep 2015

208.8 213.3 195.4 168.3

Oct 2015

211.2 216.1 194.7 173.0

Nov 2015

212.9 217.7 196.1 170.2

Dec 2015

215.7 221.1 195.4 171.7

Jan 2016

217.3 222.6 198.6 169.9

Feb 2016

218.9 224.4 201.1 169.3

Mar 2016

220.7 226.6 202.1 168.3

Apr 2016

223.3 229.4 201.1 173.3

May 2016

225.1 231.3 203.5 173.9

Jun 2016

226.7 233.3 202.5 174.5

Jul 2016

228.8 235.9 199.3 173.3

Aug 2016

230.4 237.3 204.9 177.3

Sep 2016

232.3 239.2 206.0 179.5

Oct 2016

233.8 240.7 207.4 182.0

Nov 2016

235.6 242.9 206.4 177.0

Dec 2016

237.7 245.3 209.5 177.6

Jan 2017

240.0 247.4 212.7 177.3

Feb 2017

240.3 248.2 210.6 176.1

Mar 2017

241.0 248.9 209.5 176.4

Apr 2017

243.8 252.3 210.2 177.0

May 2017

246.0 254.8 210.6 177.0

Jun 2017

249.1 258.0 214.1 180.4

Jul 2017

251.1 260.3 215.9 177.0

Aug 2017

253.9 263.8 217.7 177.0

Sep 2017

256.1 266.3 220.1 177.0

Oct 2017

259.6 270.1 220.1 179.5

Nov 2017

263.8 274.4 221.9 180.7

Dec 2017

265.3 276.2 222.6 182.0

Jan 2018

268.1 279.6 220.1 178.0

Feb 2018

270.5 282.3 220.5 179.8

Mar 2018

272.9 284.8 223.3 180.7

Apr 2018

274.5 286.3 225.4 184.2

May 2018

276.7 288.8 226.9 185.1

Jun 2018

277.6 289.8 227.2 187.0

Jul 2018

278.4 290.5 227.6 188.5

Aug 2018

280.5 293.0 227.9 189.1

Sep 2018

283.4 296.3 227.6 191.3

Oct 2018

286.1 299.2 230.7 191.3

Nov 2018

286.8 299.6 229.3 192.9

Dec 2018

285.8 298.7 230.0 194.1

Jan 2019

288.4 301.1 231.8 193.5

Feb 2019

289.4 302.1 231.4 195.7

Mar 2019

289.4 302.2 232.5 195.0

Apr 2019

290.1 303.0 233.9 195.0

May 2019

290.5 303.7 233.2 193.8

Jun 2019

290.9 304.2 233.2 195.3

Jul 2019

291.7 304.9 234.3 196.0

Aug 2019

291.8 305.2 233.6 194.7

Employment in general warehousing and storage more than tripled from 349,000 in January 1990 to 1.1 million in August 2019. Over that same period, employment in refrigerated warehousing and storage more than doubled, from 28,000 to 66,000.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. The chart displays indexes rather than employment levels to better highlight the relative growth among industries. We also have more charts on nonfarm employment.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment in warehousing and storage nearly triples since January 1990 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/employment-in-warehousing-and-storage-nearly-triples-since-january-1990.htm (visited September 27, 2020).

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