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Warehouse Wage Growth Moderate in Coastal Markets, Remains Stifled in Inland Empire

​While job openings in the U.S. are at record highs and the unemployment rate has bottomed out to the lowest level in decades, wage growth has failed to respond as quickly. Researchers at JLL took a closer look at wages across the Southern California region and found some interesting data points.

For instance, warehouse workers in coastal labor markets have seen their paychecks grow consistently, if not modestly, since the recession. On the other hand, warehouse and transportation wages in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties remained relatively static during the same decade.

One explanation for relatively muted warehouse wage growth in the Inland Empire could be a less diversified employer base, notes JLL’s John Sheaffer. Large e-retailers employ hundreds of warehouse workers per distribution center in the Inland Empire, setting the bar for wages and also creating a less competitive labor market. As additional companies expand into the e-commerce fold, big box labor markets like the Inland Empire will become increasingly diversified and in turn, more competitive, predicts Sheaffer.


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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.