Freight Facts and Figures 2011
Table 4-4. Employment in For-Hire Transportation Establishments Primarily Serving Freight: 1980-20101
Employment in many transportation industries has remained steady or has grown over the past two decades with the notable exception of railroads and pipelines, which have declined by 21 percent and 30 percent, respectively, between 1990 and 2010. Consequently, in 2010 rail transportation employed only 5 percent of those working in the transportation and warehousing industry compared with about 18 percent in 1980. By comparison, trucking in 2010 accounted for 30 percent of total transportation and warehousing sector employment.
Thousands of employees
|Total U.S. labor force2||90,528||109,487||131,785||(R) 130,807||129,818|
|Transportation and warehousing||2,961||3,476||4,410||(R) 4,236||4,184|
|Rail transportation||518||272||232||(R) 218||215|
|Water transportation||NA||57||56||(R) 63||63|
|Truck transportation||NA||1,122||1,406||(R) 1,268||1,244|
|Pipeline transportation||NA||60||46||(R) 43||42|
|Support activities for transportation3||NA||364||537||549||540|
|Couriers and messengers||NA||375||605||(R) 546||527|
|Warehousing and storage||NA||407||514||(R) 637||628|
Key: NA = not available; R = revised.
2Excludes farm employment.
3Industries in the support activities for transportation subsector provide services that support transportation. These services may be provided to transportation carrier establishments or to the general public. This subsector includes a wide array of establishments, including air traffic control services, marine cargo handling, and motor vehicle towing.
These data include workers employed in transportation industries but not necessarily in a transportation occupation, such as a lawyer working for a trucking company. Moreover, these data exclude workers in transportation occupations employed by non-transportation industries, such as a truck driver employed by a retail company.
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics survey, available at www.bls.gov/ces as of August 19, 2011.
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