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4-4 Employment in Transportation and Selected Transportation- Related Industries(a): 1990, 2000, 2010, 2011 (thousands)

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  1990 2000 2010 2011
Total U.S. labor force (Nonfarm) 109,487 131,785 129,874 131,359
Total transportation related labor forceb 12,316 13,907 12,086 U
Transportation as a percent of U.S. total 11.2 10.6 9.3 U
For-hire transport & warehousing 3,476 4,410 4,191 4,292
Air 529 614 458 456
Water 57 56 62 63
Railroad 272 232 216 229
Transit/ground passenger transportation 274 372 430 436
Pipeline 60 46 42 43
Trucking 1,122 1,406 1,250 1,299
Support activities 364 537 543 564
Scenic/sightseeing transportation 16 28 27 29
Couriers/messengers 375 605 528 529
Warehousing/storage 407 514 633 646
Related services & construction 5,256 6,177 5,338 5,405
Automotive repair services/parking; automotive equipment rental/leasing; gasoline stations 1,800 2,125 1,892 1,921
Highway, street, bridge construction 289 340 287 282
Dealers or wholesalers of motor vehicles, parts, petroleum, supplies, equipment 1,993 2,360 2,064 2,125
Travel arrangement/reservation services 250 299 186 190
Ambulatory health care services 99 173 251 256
Postal service 825 880 659 631
Transportation-related manufacturingc 2,683 2,447 1,645 1,684
Governmentb 903 873 911 U


aAnnual averages. Data are NAICS-based. See Glossary for definition.

bFiscal year data. Includes U.S. Department of Transportation and state and local personnel. State and local component of government employment includes highway, air, transit, and water modes.

cIncludes transportation equipment; petroleum products; tires; rubber; plastics; search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical, and nautical systems; and instrument manufacturing.

Key: U = unavailable.

Notes: Data for 2010 are revised. Due to independent rounding, individual components may not add to total. U.S. Coast Guard employees are excluded from government for years 2003 and after. This table does not include in-house employment.

Sources: Total and transportation related labor force—Bureau of Labor Statistics, Government—U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Transportation as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 3-23, available at http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/index.html accessed October 2012.