5-4 Employment in Transportation and Selected Transportation-Related Industriesa : 1990-2008

5-4 Employment in Transportation and Selected Transportation-Related Industriesa : 1990-2008

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  R1990 R2000 R2007 2008
Total U.S. labor force (Nonfarm) 109,487 131,785 137,598 137,066
Total transportation related labor forceb 12,317 13,907 13,516 13,234
Transportation as a percent of U.S. total 11.2 10.5 9.8 9.7
For-hire transport & warehousing 3,476 4,410 4,541 4,505
Air 529 614 492 493
Water 57 56 66 65
Railroad 272 232 234 230
Transit/ground passenger transportation 274 372 412 418
Pipeline 60 46 40 42
Trucking 1,122 1,406 1,439 1,391
Support activities 364 537 584 590
Scenic/sightseeing transportation 16 28 29 28
Couriers/messengers 375 605 581 576
Warehousing/storage 407 514 665 673
Related services & construction 5,256 6,177 6,015 5,871
Automotive repair services/parking; automotive equipment rental/leasing; gasoline stations 1,800 2,125 2,053 2,010
Highway, street, bridge construction 289 340 345 329
Dealers or wholesalers of motor vehicles, parts, petroleum, supplies, equipment 1,993 2,360 2,393 2,319
Travel arrangement/reservation services 250 299 227 228
Ambulatory health care services 99 173 228 239
Postal service 825 880 769 748
Transportation-related manufacturingc 2,683 2,447 2,071 1,963
Governmentb 903 873 890 895

a Annual averages. Data are NAICS-based. (See Glossary for definition.)

b Fiscal year data. Includes U.S. DOT and state and local personnel. State and local component of government employment includes highway, air, transit, and water modes; while this component of the data in the last year's version of the report included highway employment only.

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

Key: R = revised.

Notes:USCG employees are excluded from government for years 2003 and after. All 2007 data are revised. Government employment and total transportation related labor force data for 1990 and 2000 are revised. Transportation-related manufacturing employment is revised for 1990. Due to independent rounding details may not add to total.

Sources: Total and transportation related labor force-Bureau of Labor Statistics, Government-Bureau of the Census and U.S. Department of Tranportation as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 3-19b, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of January 2010.