The US government defines the “courier and messenger” industry as companies involved in picking up and delivering goods that can be held by an individual without special equipment. A large share of the people in this sector work for shipping companies like Fedex and DHL, and a growing number do last-mile delivery for Amazon fulfillment centers. The job category does not include people working for the US Postal Service.

The rise in delivery jobs is part of a broader boom in logistics jobs that support e-commerce. Positions in warehousing are one of the few other job types to hold steady during the pandemic. At the same time, jobs in brick-and-mortar stores have fallen by about 6%.

This story is part of a new series we’re trying, “The Thing,” in which we examine what a single chart can tell us about the global economy. 

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