As the economy improves, signs point to a growing need to answer the pent-up demand for logistics, warehousing, transportation and manufacturing positions across the U.S. According to JobsInLogistics.com, a job board for the logistics and supply chain profession, it has experienced a 36 percent increase in job postings and resume searches in the first four months of 2011 versus 2010. JobsInTrucks.com, a driver job board, experienced a 140 percent increase.
When the economy collapsed in October 2008, the supply chain industry was hit hard. With lower manufacturing orders and a drastic drop in the sale of consumer goods, many companies immediately introduced large layoffs or implemented hiring freezes. 2009 was a year of caution, with companies hiring only essential positions.
In 2010, based on the increase in postings on JobsInLogistics.com, hiring returned to the same levels as 2007. Now, in 2011, sources at JobsInLogistics.com and JobsInTrucks.com say they are experiencing the highest volume of job postings in 11 years.
“The supply chain/logistics industry has always been the backbone of the American economy,” said Don Firth, president of JobsInLogistics.com, Inc. “This surge in demand for new hires is a great barometer of the confidence that suppliers and retailers are placing on the future.”