Midwest U.S. Industrial Labor - Distribution Metrics - 2018
Based on information collected by CBRE Labor Analytics Group (CBRE LAG), the Midwest has an average distribution labor score of 102, indicating labor conditions are above the national average (2% above the national average).
Driven largely by the rise in e-commerce and 3PL, demand for industrial space in the Midwest has reached historic levels over the last several years. This increase in demand translates into added square footage and an increase in the importance of an adequate supply of skilled and affordable labor.
Increasing industrial demand coming out of the great recession caused an upswing in Transportation & Warehouse (T&W) employment. Year-over-year T&W employment growth averaged 2.7% since 2010, adding a total of 175,000 employees. During the same time-period the Midwest has posted 568 million sq. ft. of positive net absorption and delivered 354 million sq. ft. of new industrial space.
T&W Employment grew 16.9% over the last five years in the Midwest. Overall T&W employment in the Midwest totals 910,000 workers. For comparison overall employment growth in the Midwest was 7.0% over the last five years, notably T&W employment growth exceeded overall employment growth by 990 basis-points (bps).