Cargo Handlers


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Cargo Handlers

Cargo Handlers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Freight handlers work in nearly every industry.

Major employers:

  • Temporary worker agencies
  • Warehousing and storage companies
  • Courier companies
  • Grocery product wholesalers
  • Trucking companies

Outlook

Growth for this occupation will be about as fast as average. An increase in automation will limit the growth of this occupation. With automated handling systems, fewer people are needed for manual loading and unloading. However, job openings will be plentiful because the occupation is very large and turnover is fairly high.

Employment of freight handlers is sensitive to the state of the economy. When the economy is strong, the amount of freight needing to be moved grows.

Freight Handlers (CIS 100328)

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Illinois
148,677
Very large
&
10.6%
5.8%
>>>>
22,718
Very High
  Champaign Area
2,091
Very large
&
18.7%
7.0%
>>>>
348
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
2,886
Very large
&
8.8%
5.0%
>>>>
432
Very High
  Cook County
65,913
Very large
&
10.2%
5.6%
>>>>
10,027
Very High
  Decatur Area
1,167
Very large
&
8.9%
7.0%
>>>>
174
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
8,792
Very large
&
12.6%
9.7%
>>>>
1,373
Very High
  Du Page County
18,270
Very large
&
10.5%
5.4%
>>>>
2,789
Very High
  Edwardsville Area
3,043
Very large
&
18.5%
5.1%
>>>>
505
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
721
Very large
&
10.0%
7.0%
>>>>
110
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
1,752
Very large
&
9.0%
5.2%
>>>>
263
Very High
  Lake County
9,235
Very large
&
13.5%
8.6%
>>>>
1,456
Very High
  McHenry County
2,720
Very large
&
12.3%
6.8%
>>>>
423
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
1,878
Very large
&
9.8%
6.8%
>>>>
284
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
3,223
Very large
&
10.0%
3.6%
>>>>
489
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
4,846
Very large
&
11.9%
7.3%
>>>>
751
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
1,629
Very large
&
6.9%
4.3%
>>>>
239
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
1,849
Very large
&
9.5%
5.7%
>>>>
280
Very High
  Rockford Area
5,154
Very large
&
21.8%
7.6%
>>>>
885
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
578
Very large
&
3.3%
2.4%
>>>>
81
Very High
  Springfield Area
2,540
Very large
&
9.3%
4.7%
>>>>
383
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
2,501
Very large
&
13.7%
6.4%
>>>>
394
Very High
  Vermilion County
878
Very large
&
10.9%
4.9%
>>>>
135
Very High
  Will County
7,672
Very large
&
13.0%
9.1%
>>>>
1,203
Very High
United States
2,986,000
Very large
&
4.2%
3.7%
>>>>
380,600
Very High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.