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
160,469
Very large
&
6.7%
2.4%
>>>>
24,103
Very High
  Champaign Area
2,392
Very large
&
4.2%
-0.9%
>>>>
349
Very High
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
3,061
Very large
&
4.2%
1.2%
>>>>
447
Very High
  Cook County
68,682
Very large
&
1.4%
0.6%
>>>>
9,699
Very High
  Decatur Area
1,185
Very large
&
8.9%
5.5%
>>>>
182
Very High
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
9,566
Very large
&
3.4%
2.5%
>>>>
1,383
Very High
  Du Page County
19,066
Very large
&
6.1%
3.3%
>>>>
2,844
Very High
  Edwardsville Area
4,175
Very large
&
18.3%
5.5%
>>>>
710
Very High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
743
Very large
&
-1.3%
-2.1%
>>>>
101
Very High
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
2,266
Very large
&
7.8%
5.8%
>>>>
345
Very High
  Lake County
9,280
Very large
&
0.5%
1.9%
>>>>
1,296
Very High
  McHenry County
2,559
Very large
&
13.2%
2.9%
>>>>
413
Very High
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
2,235
Very large
&
6.4%
1.0%
>>>>
334
Very High
  Northwest Illinois Area
3,551
Very large
&
11.5%
2.6%
>>>>
563
Very High
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
5,001
Very large
&
5.2%
-1.9%
>>>>
739
Very High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
1,766
Very large
&
4.0%
-1.1%
>>>>
257
Very High
  Rock Island-Moline Area
1,998
Very large
&
1.0%
-1.8%
>>>>
281
Very High
  Rockford Area
5,831
Very large
&
2.1%
0.9%
>>>>
830
Very High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
558
Very large
&
-2.0%
-2.3%
>>>>
76
Very High
  Springfield Area
2,570
Very large
&
0.5%
0.0%
>>>>
358
Very High
  St Louis-Belleville Area
2,786
Very large
&
-15.5%
-1.7%
>>>>
314
Very High
  Vermilion County
922
Very large
&
7.8%
-3.0%
>>>>
140
Very High
  Will County
10,926
Very large
&
6.5%
4.1%
>>>>
1,639
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.