The generally low unemployment rate in recent years suggests a tight labor market for industry in general, as well as for transportation firms. It also suggests increased demand for transportation to and from work, as well as for leisure travel.
|Civilian Labor Force||Dec-01||Jan-02|
|Unemployment rate (percent)||5.8||5.6|
|Number of unemployed (thousands)||8,259||7,922|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Overall BLS Most Requested Series, available at: http://stats.bls.gov/data/home.htm.