Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted
Employment in for-hire transportation industries is a signal of demand in the economy. In the May 2008 edition of Occupational Employment Statistics, 63 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 25 percent for air transportation.
|Truck Transportation Employees (thousands)||1,268.4||1,204.9|
|Percent change from same month previous year||-8.71||-5.01|
|Air Transportation Employees (thousands)||466.2||450.7|
|Percent change from same month previous year||-7.22||-3.32|
|Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation Employees (thousands)||435.9||427.6|
|Percent change from same month previous year||0.53||-1.90|
|Other Transportation Modes Employees (thousands)||328.8||314.1|
|Percent change from same month previous year||-1.38||-4.47|
NOTES: Other Transportation Modes includes rail, water, and pipeline transportation. Data do not include sightseeing, support activities, couriers, or warehousing.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, available at http://www.bls.gov/ as of April 2010.