4-4 Employment in Transportation and Selected Transportation-Related Industriesa: 1990-2009

4-4 Employment in Transportation and Selected Transportation-Related Industriesa: 1990-2009

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  1990 2000 2008 2009
Total U.S. labor force (Nonfarm) 109,487 131,785 136,790 130,920
Total transportation related labor forceb 12,317 13,907 13,212 12,232
Transportation as a percent of U.S. total 11.2 10.6 9.7 9.3
For-hire transport & warehousing 3,476 4,410 4,508 4,235
Air 529 614 491 460
Water 57 56 67 64
Railroad 272 232 231 219
Transit/ground passenger transportation 274 372 423 419
Pipeline 60 46 42 42
Trucking 1,122 1,406 1,389 1,266
Support activities 364 537 592 549
Scenic/sightseeing transportation 16 28 28 28
Couriers/messengers 375 605 573 547
Warehousing/storage 407 514 672 642
Related services & construction 5,256 6,177 5,844 5,432
Automotive repair services/parking; automotive equipment rental/leasing; gasoline stations 1,800 2,125 2,005 1,913
Highway, street, bridge construction 289 340 327 286
Dealers or wholesalers of motor vehicles, parts, petroleum, supplies, equipment 1,993 2,360 2,304 2,087
Travel arrangement/reservation services 250 299 223 196
Ambulatory health care services 99 173 238 246
Postal service 825 880 747 703
Transportation-related manufacturingc 2,683 2,447 1,965 1,672
Governmentb 903 873 895 893

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.

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

Notes: U.S. Coast Guard employees are excluded from government for years 2003 and after.

All 2008 data are revised.

Due to independent rounding, individual components may not add to total.

This table does not include in-house employment.

Sources: Total and transportation related labor forceBureau of Labor Statistics, GovernmentBureau of the Census and U.S. Department of Transportation 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 2011.