Figure 2. 2009 Modal Percentage of Transportation Employment

Figure 2. 2009 Modal Percentage of Transportation Employment

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  Truck Air Transit Rail Water Pipeline Total
Percent of 2009 transportation employment 51.3% 18.6% 17.0% 8.9% 2.6% 1.7% 100.0%

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, http://www.bts.gov/publications/key_transportation_indicators/ and special tabulations.

Figure 2 provides a breakout of the percentage of people employed in the different modes of transportation in the most recent calendar year, 2009. Trucking, air, and transit are the largest modal components of transportation employment, comprising 51, 19, and 17 percent, respectively, in 2009.1 Rail, water, and pipeline 2 make up the remaining 13 percent.

1 Definition for the jobs listed in each category of transportation employment can be found at: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm#53-0000

2 For detailed definitions of transportation categories, see http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag48-49.htm