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Of Wages And Warehouses

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Warehouses are expected to hire 450 thousand people this year and next year — an even faster pace of growth than the rest of the labor market. These jobs share some elements with the manufacturing jobs of the past. You can get a job in a warehouse without a college degree, and the pay is better than service jobs that also don't require higher education.

On the other hand, warehouses also hire a lot of temp workers — and the temporary nature of their jobs means the pay is inconsistent, while also making it harder for workers to protest their working conditions.

On the show today, Sophia Paliza-Carre of the Latino USA podcast, who has just spend time reporting on warehouse work, takes us inside an Amazon warehouse to explain the kinds of jobs done there and shares with us the results of her reporting.

You can find Sophia's original story here.

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Cardiff Garcia is a co-host of NPR's The Indicator from Planet Money podcast, along with Stacey Vanek Smith. He joined NPR in November 2017.
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