Transportation Indicators Highlights - April 2002

Transportation Indicators - Highlights - April 2002

Transportation Indicators
Highlights - April 2002

NOTE: The final issue of this report was December 2002. These reports are provided as a historical reference. A minimal number of indicators are being updated in the White House Economic Statistics Briefing Room.

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Personal spending on motor vehicles and parts rose 16 percent in the fourth quarter of 2001 compared to the previous quarter.   HTML
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Producer prices for crude petroleum and petroleum products both fell by 16 percent in the 12 months ending in March 2002, for a cumulative decline of 29 percent in crude petroleum and 20 percent in petroleum products since March 2000, but prices have been rising since January.   HTML
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March 2002 producer prices for motor freight transportation rose by 0.5 percent from March 2001, the slowest 12-month increase in the 9 years tracked by this report.   HTML
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March 2002 prices for highway and street construction dropped by 4 percent from March 2001, the third sharpest drop in the 10 years tracked by this report.   HTML
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Earnings of passenger transportation arrangers were up 8 percent in real terms in the 12 months ending in February 2002. This is an acceleration of a trend in which these wages increased by 3 percent per year (in real terms) since 1992, far more, on average, than increases for any other transportation occupations.   HTML
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Railroad labor productivity expressed in train-miles per employee hour was up 5 percent in January 2002 compared to January 2001.   HTML
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Air carrier losses for calendar year 2001 resulted in a real return on assets over the last year of -7 percent, the lowest value in the 10 years tracked by this report. Between fourth quarter 2000 and fourth quarter 2001, operating revenues fell by 33 percent while operating expenses fell by 14 percent. (These statistics and the historical data used for comparison exclude American Airlines, Federal Express, Southwest, and TWA who had not yet filed fourth quarter 2001 data at the time of this report.)   HTML
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Manufacturers new orders for transportation equipment jumped 10 percent between January and February 2002 in seasonally adjusted terms, while new orders for all manufacturing were essentially unchanged.   HTML
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Between the week ending March 8, 2002 and the week ending April 5, world crude oil prices rose 21 percent.   HTML
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Jet fuel prices for both scheduled and nonscheduled airlines in February were both down more than 25 percent from their February 2001 prices.   HTML
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International jet fuel prices were down 12 percent for nonscheduled airlines and 28 percent for scheduled airlines in February 2002 compared to the same month last year.   HTML
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The value of U.S. -Canada trade carried by trucks was 9 percent lower in January 2002 than in January 2001; the value of trade moved by rail was down 7 percent, and for pipeline, down 49 percent,. The value of U.S.-Mexico truck and rail trade was also down 6 percent and 3 percent respectively, in comparison to January 2001.   HTML
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The size of the U.S. trade deficit in international airfares and ocean liner fares fell 46 percent in the fourth quarter 2001 from the previous quarter.   HTML
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Transportation energy consumption was 6 percent lower in December 2001 than in December 2000.   HTML
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Net petroleum imports decreased 8 percent in February 2002 compared to February 2001, while U.S. petroleum production increased 5 percent during the same time period.   HTML
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U.S. Balance of Trade in Goods and Services   HTML
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U.S. Balance of Trade with Canada and Mexico   HTML
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U.S. Balance of Trade with Asia   HTML
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U.S. Balance of Trade in Transportation Goods and Services   HTML
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International Space Launches   HTML
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The validity of these statements has not been statistically tested. BTS is designing a statistical monitoring process in order to apply statistical quality control techniques to the indicators data.