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May  2004

Industry Stats

Wholesaler Survey Shows New Jobs Coming
A just-completed survey of its largest members by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) indicates that 67 percent of the respondents intend to increase their workforce this year. On average, these companies will grow their number of employees by 4.7 percent, according to the respondents.

Fifty-eight of the nation’s largest wholesaler-distributors with collective annual sales of $177 billion participated in the survey conducted in early March.

“These new hires are in response to very healthy sales gains posted by wholesaler-distributors in January and February” said Dirk Van Dongen, president of NAW. “The survey participants see strong sales increases ahead, and need more people to handle the increase in business they are experiencing.” 

Total                 921,105
Private              714,945
Residential        499,173
Nonresidential  215,772
Public               206,160
State & Local   190,902
Federal             15,258
February 2004 Construction Spending
(Millions of Dollars)

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