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Freight Facts and Figures 2013

Figure 4-1. For-Hire Transportation Services Contribution to Gross Domestic Product by Mode: 2011

Transportation contributes to the nation's economic output, as measured by GDP. In 2011, for-hire transportation contributed $448 billion to U.S. GDP. Of that total, the for-hire trucking mode contributed the largest share (28 percent), followed by air (16 percent). BTS analysis found that transportation services provided by nontransportation industries for their own use, referred to as the in-house transportation sector, are almost as large as that for the for-hire sector.

Figure 4-1

Figure 4-1. Pie chart. Graph shows for-hire transportation services contribution to U.S. gross domestic product by mode for 2012.

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Table in Excel format

Amount Percent
Truck 126 28
Other transportation and support activities 107 24
Air 70 16
Warehousing and Storage 46 10
Rail 37 8
Transit 28 6
Water 15 3
Pipeline 21 5
For-Hire Transportation Total 448 100


U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Industry Economic Accounts, as cited in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 3-1, available at as of October 3, 2013.

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