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Waste, Recycling Employment Hits Record in SeptemberWaste, Recycling Employment Hits Record in September

Allan Gerlat

October 23, 2014

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Waste, Recycling Employment Hits Record in September

Waste and recycling industry employment reached a new high in September, according to the latest data from the Labor Department.

The industry added 900 jobs in September to bring total employment to 382,700 in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Waste and recycling employment has increased for eight consecutive months and by a total of 8,100 since the beginning of the year, according to a news release from the Washington-based National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA).

August ‘s statistics also were adjusted downward to 381,800, making a revised increase of 100 jobs for that month.

The waste and recycling industry has added nearly 34,000 jobs, or an increase of almost 10 percent, since a five-year low in employment in January 2010.

“The growth in jobs follows general economic growth and consumer spending trends,” said Bret Biggers, the NW&RA’s director, statistics & standards. “For many years, both have seen steady growth. While fluctuations in monthly employment numbers occur, the trend over time for the industry has been positive.”

The unemployment rate for the waste and recycling industry decreased to 3.1 percent in September, down from 6.7 percent a year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 5.9 percent from 7.2 percent in September 2013.

The waste management and remediation services category (The North American Industry Classification System, or NAICS, 562) includes: solid waste collection; hazardous waste collection; other waste collection; hazardous waste treatment and disposal; solid waste landfill; solid waste combustors and incinerators; other nonhazardous waste treatment and disposal; remediation services; materials recovery facilities; and all other waste management services.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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