Last July on New York's Park Avenue. (Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty)

An offshoot of the Amazon effect is an explosion in the number of job listings for driving delivery trucks. Listings last year rose to No. 3 on Monster, the jobs site, from No. 11 in 2016. Some 24,000 such driving jobs were listed on the site last year, chief marketing officer Jonathan Beamer tells Axios, a 19% increase over 2016.

Why it matters: Many of these jobs may vanish at some point in the future as autonomously driven trucks take to the road. But, if humans are to be removed from the picture, that will also require a system for smoothly dropping off packages on doorsteps. As of now, the surge in these jobs has come almost out of nowhere — in 2014, they were No. 25 on the Monster list. And the firm expects 110,000 more such truck-driving openings over the coming decade.

Read this fact: "Active truck utilization" is a measure of how many trucks are needed versus the number of trucks available. The 10-year average is 93%, reports the FT's Gregory Meyer. But last year it rose to 100% — meaning there is no wiggle room in the system. One result is surging prices to hire trucks, and rising wages to attract and retain drivers.

  • Companies are offering stock options and signing bonuses to attract drivers. Look at the listings at Indeed, another jobs site.

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Biden enters final stretch with huge cash advantage over Trump

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had $177.3 million in the bank at the end of September, per the latest Federal Election Commission filings.

Why it matters: President Trump's re-election campaign reported having $63.1 million in the bank at the end of last month.

Of note: Trump was well ahead of Biden earlier in the year.

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Court allows North Carolina mail-in ballots deadline extension

An absentee ballot election worker stuffs ballot applications at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections office in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3 on Election Day until Nov. 12, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday in a 12-3 majority ruling.

Why it matters: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against state and national Republican leaders settles a lawsuit brought by a group representing retirees, and it could see scores of additional votes counted in the key battleground state.