- According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS) the employment rate for the waste and recycling industry increased in August.
- Jobs in the field grew by 300 positions, with a workforce record of 382,500 workers.
- The August numbers mark the seventh consecutive month that employment in the waste and recycling industry grew.
“The waste and recycling industry continues to benefit from stable economic conditions,” said Bret Biggers, director of statistics and standards for the National Waste & Recycling Association.
The industry’s August unemployment rate remains at a seven-year low. The 4.4% unemployment rate sits at half the rate it was in August of 2013, when it was 9.4%.
Last month, the BLS released employment statistics for July, which cited the unemployment rate in the waste and recycling industry at 3.2% while the national unemployment rate was recorded at slightly above 6%.