Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted
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.
|Truck Transportation Employees (thousands)||1,326.6||1,372.8|
|Percent change from same month previous year||3.5||3.5|
|Air Transportation Employees (thousands)||458.1||455.6|
|Percent change from same month previous year||0.6||-0.5|
|Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation Employees (thousands)||447.4||462.7|
|Percent change from same month previous year||-0.3||3.4|
|Other Transportation Modes Employees (thousands)||338.3||344.1|
|Percent change from same month previous year||3.8||1.7|
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 October 2012.