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Waste, Recycling Employment Hits Record High in 2014Waste, Recycling Employment Hits Record High in 2014

Allan Gerlat

January 14, 2015

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Waste, Recycling Employment Hits Record High in 2014

Waste and recycling industry employment reached a record high in 2014, according to data from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment increased by 8,700 for year, bringing total waste and recycling industry employment to 383,300.

011315-JOBS_0.jpgThe industry added 800 jobs in December, marking the ninth consecutive month employment rose from the previous month. Since a five-year industry low in employment in January 2010, nearly 34,000 jobs have been created in waste and recycling, a jump of almost 10 percent.

“Industry employment tends to weather adverse economic conditions and flourishes during good times,” said Bret Biggers, the Washington-based National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA) director of statistics and standards, in a news release. “Only once in the past 25 years has industry employment decreased on an annually adjusted basis – during the last recession in 2009. Population growth gives the industry stability, while general economic progress and consumer spending trends helps the industry grow.”

The industry’s unemployment declined to 3.4 percent in December, dropping from 8.5 percent at the start of 2014.

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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