August 1, 2018  

Low unemployment and the creation of about 500,000 e-commerce-related jobs since 2010 are impacting the pattern of U.S. industrial real estate development. With e-commerce being the major driver of demand for warehouses today, site selection for new facilities serving population centers is increasingly dependent on labor availability, quality and cost. CBRE’s proprietary analysis identifies Atlanta and Dallas/Ft. Worth as larger markets best positioned for continued industrial development. Smaller markets like Memphis and Indianapolis stand to benefit from a sizable and affordable labor supply.



*The labor market landscape for warehouse/distribution workers is evolving as e-commerce/retail fulfillment rapidly expands. This analysis represents a high level starting point to determine potentially viable location. Further due diligence on competition, seasonal employment and wage pressures among other factors should be considered. 

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ESRI, CBRE Labor Analytics, CBRE Econometric Advisors, CBRE Research, July 2018. 
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