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||Aug-02||Sep-02|
|Unemployment rate (percent)||5.7||5.6|
|Number of unemployed (thousands)||8,142||8,092|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Overall BLS Most Requested Series; October 2002; available at: http://stats.bls.gov/data/home.htm.