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Transportation Employment

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Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted

Transportation Employment

Employment in for-hire transportation industries is a signal of demand in the economy. In the May 2011 edition of Occupational Employment Statistics, 68 percent of employees in for-hire transportation industries are in transportation and material moving positions (Standard Occupational Classification 53). That share is 76 percent for truck transportation, but only 45 percent for air transportation.

Transportation Employment Jan-12 Jan-13
Truck Transportation Employees (thousands) 1,299.5 1,347.1
Percent change from same month previous year 4.4 3.7
Air Transportation Employees (thousands) 457.9 442.8
Percent change from same month previous year 1.6 -3.3
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation Employees (thousands) 457.7 477.5
Percent change from same month previous year 2.5 4.3
Other Transportation Modes Employees (thousands) 333.5 334.5
Percent change from same month previous year 2.5 0.3

NOTES:Other Transportation Modes includes rail, water, and pipeline transportation. Data do not include the sightseeing, support activity, courier, or warehousing industries.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, available at http://www.bls.gov/ as of February 2013.