Even before plans were announced to bring 1,000 new jobs to Sioux Falls later this year thanks to a new Amazon fulfillment center, the warehouse job market was already booming in South Dakota.

24/7 Wall St. is reporting that shipping, receiving, and inventory positions in the Mount Rushmore State are the fastest-growing occupation here.

According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics as well as the Employment Projections program, those warehouse jobs were up substantially from 2015 to 2020.

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During that five-year span, South Dakota added 1,320 jobs in that area, which is an increase of 133.3 percent.

Those numbers greatly buck the national trend for that field, where the national projected employment figures are actually expected to shrink by more than five percent by 2030.

The glut of jobs has actually had one negative side effect locally, median wages for the shipping, receiving, and inventory positions in South Dakota have actually dropped by more than $10,000 annually - from $45,680 in 2015 to $34,980 in 2020.


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