Table 4-3 Employment in Water Transportation and Support Services, 2001-2006

Table 4-3
Employment in Water Transportation and Support Services, 2001-2006

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Industry Segment 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Percent change 2001-06
Water transportation 52,813 53,003 53,116 54,969 58,779 61,031 15.6
Sea, coastal, and Great Lakes transportation 33,188 32,671 32,867 34,002 37,049 38,103 14.8
Deep sea freight transportation 13,636 13,575 13,093 12,504 12,780 11,715 -14.1
Deep sea passenger transportation 4,059 4,080 4,105 4,261 4,141 4,156 2.4
Coastal and Great Lakes freight transport. 7,469 7,424 7,637 7,961 8,814 9,248 23.8
Coastal and Great Lakes passenger transport 8,023 7,592 8,032 9,276 11,314 12,984 61.8
Inland water transportation 19,625 20,332 20,249 20,968 21,731 22,927 16.8
Inland water freight transportation 16,566 16,732 16,627 17,425 18,324 19,199 15.9
Inland water passenger transportation 3,060 3,600 3,623 3,543 3,407 3,729 21.9
Support activities for water transportation 94,510 91,234 92,723 93,372 95,270 99,393 5.2
Port and harbor operations 21,293 20,388 20,559 20,723 21,482 22,788 7
Marine cargo handling 38,994 38,442 40,106 42,764 44,358 45,944 17.8
Navigational services to shipping 22,283 21,314 21,757 20,291 20,162 20,819 -6.6
Other support activities for water transport. 11,941 11,090 10,300 9,594 9,269 9,843 -17.6
Total 147,323 144,237 145,839 148,341 154,049 160,424 8.9

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; available at: http://www.bls.gov as of Mar. 24, 2008

  • U.S. employment in deep sea freight declined over the 2001-2006 period.
  • Between 2001 and 2006 employment in coastal and Great Lakes transportation of passengers has increased nearly 62%.