According to reports, the volume of cargo being shipped into and out of the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles is significantly down compared to previous years. The 2011 numbers are lower, experts say, because there are more shippers who are using other hubs that are less expensive. Many are using Singapore and India ports as their hub destinations for those shipping to the East Coast. In fact, trade is moving to other areas of the country, including to New Jersey, New York and into the Savannah harbor.
What does this mean for the Long Beach job market? The 14 million cargo containers coming into the city in 2011 provided jobs for 640,000 people in Ventura County and throughout the San Diego region. However, there were 200,000 fewer containers in 2011 than 2010, and that is an alarming number.
Are you a part of the shipping industry in Long Beach? If so, are you worried about the recent decrease in the number of cargo containers coming into the city? If so, what are you doing to find the position that is right for you? For many people, this could become a problem if moves are not made to bolster the city's ports.