Transportation Indicators Highlights - December 2001

Transportation Indicators - Highlights - December 2001

Transportation Indicators
Highlights - December 2001

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 These reports are provided as a historical reference.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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September 2001 aviation indicators showed dramatic drops in most categories compared to September 2000, reflecting the impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks on commercial aviation in the United States. It is important to realize that although these indicators show dramatic drops for the entire month, the declines caused by the September 11 th terrorist attack only occurred in the last two-thirds of the month.        
• Revenue passenger miles were down 32 percent for domestic and 29 percent for international flights.   HTML
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• Available seat miles were down 19 percent for domestic and 15 percent for international flights.   HTML
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• Revenue ton-miles were down 24 percent for domestic and 31 percent for international flights.   HTML
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• Available ton-miles were down 13 percent for domestic and 21 percent for international flights.   HTML
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• Domestic and international air revenue load factors were down, as air carriers adjusted schedules to demand.   HTML
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• Aircraft revenue departures were down 21 percent for domestic and 19 percent for international flights.   HTML
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• Revenue enplanements were down 34 percent for domestic and 27 percent for international flights.   HTML
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In October 2001, there were nearly 18 percent fewer scheduled flights than the same month last year; 85 percent of these flights arrived on time, compared to 76 percent in October 2000.   HTML
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Employment in air transportation fell 3.6 percent in November, following a 2.8-percent decline in October; employment in transportation services (e.g., tour and travel agencies, forwarding services) fell 2.7 percent in November.   HTML
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Large air carriers operating revenues fell 17 percent in the third quarter of 2001 compared to the same quarter last year, while operating expenses fell by only 1 percent.   HTML
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Producer prices for rail freight transportation fell in November 2001, but were still up more than 3 percent between November 2000 and November 2001, after a sharp rise in October 2001. This reflects the second highest 12-month increase in the 5 years of data tracked for this Indicators report.   HTML
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Producer prices of highway and street construction declined 3 percent in November 2001 from November of last year, the largest 1-year decline since November 1991.   HTML
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Public spending on highway/street construction dropped slightly in October 2001, down .65 percent from a recent peak in June 2001.   HTML
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Consumer prices for transportation services declined 1.5 percent in November 2001 from the previous month.   HTML
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Advance retail sales of motor vehicles dropped nearly 13 percent in November 2001, after a sharp rise in October.   HTML
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After falling 6 percent in September 2001, manufacturers new orders rose 7 percent in October 2001.   HTML
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After falling 16 percent in September, manufacturers new orders for future delivery of transportation equipment jumped 39 percent in October 2001.   HTML
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Highway vehicle miles of travel rose slightly from August to September 2001, but were still down 1 percent (nearly 3 billion miles) from a year ago after an unexpected drop around June of this year.   HTML
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Railroad accidents/incidents fell to a 10 year low in September 2001- 22 percent lower than in September 2000.   HTML
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Net petroleum imports fell slightly in October 2001, but remained 4 percent higher than in the previous October.   HTML
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Retail gasoline prices dropped 3 percent in the week ending December 17- their lowest level since February 22, 1999.   HTML
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Motor vehicle fuel economy rose in 2000 for both passenger cars and light trucks- about 3 percent each over 1999- according to the latest data from the Department of Energy.   HTML
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U.S. international trade continued to decline in September 2001- imports were down over 2 percent and exports were down almost 7 percent from August.   HTML
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The value of U.S. truck trade with Canada and Mexico declined 14 percent and 17 percent respectively in September 2001 compared to the previous year.   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.