Wireless Jobs Vanish

The U.S. wireless industry is booming as more consumers and businesses snap up smartphones, tablet computers and billions of wireless applications. But for the industry’s workers, the story is less rosy.

In May, on the heels of a record year for industry revenue, employment at U.S. wireless carriers hit a 12-year low of 166,600, according to U.S. Labor Department figures released earlier this month. That’s about 20,000 fewer jobs than when the recession ended in June 2009 and 2,000 fewer than a year ago.

While the industry’s revenue has grown 28 percent since 2006, when wireless employment peaked at 207,000 workers, its mostly nonunion work force has shrunk about 20 percent.

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