FIGURE G-1 Labor Productivity of the For-Hire Transportation Industries: 1995-2005

FIGURE G-1 Labor Productivity of the For-Hire Transportation Industries: 1995-2005

Labor productivity, a measure of efficiency, is output resulting from labor input.

Output per hour worked

Labor productivity (NAICS, Index: 1997 = 100)

FIGURE G-1 Labor Productivity of the For-Hire Transportation Industries: 1995-2005. If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 for further assistance.

TABLE G-1 Labor Productivity of the For-Hire Transportation Industries: 1995-2005

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  SIC categories (1987=100) NAICS categories (1997=100)
Trucking, except local Bus carriers, Class I Petroleum pipeline Railroad Trucking, long distance Air
1995 125 110 116 92 95 95
1996 131 106 131 98 97 99
1997 132 125 134 100 100 100
1998 130 105 137 102 100 98
1999 132 135 145 106 99 98
2000 131 112 141 114 101 98
2001 U U U 122 102 92
2002 U U U 132 107 102
2003 U U U 142 111 112
2004 U U U 146 111 126
2005 U U U 138 113 136

KEY: U = data are unavailable.

NOTES: Output per hour worked is based on the number of paid hours. Labor productivity measures quality-adjusted ton- and passenger-miles per hour. Quality adjustment corrects for differences in services and handling, e.g., the difference between flying first class and coach or differences in the handling requirements and revenue generation of high- and low-value commodities. Railroad includes line-haul railroads primarily engaged in transportation of passengers and cargo over a long distance within a rail network. Trucking comprises establishments engaged in providing long-distance general freight trucking, usually between metropolitan areas that may cross North American country borders. Air includes establishments that provide scheduled and nonscheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo using aircraft, e.g., airplanes and helicopters.

These productivity measures capture railroad, long-distance trucking, and air transportation as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), whereas those for trucking except local, bus, and petroleum pipeline are defined by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. At the time this report was prepared, the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not have plans to continue estimating productivity measures for petroleum pipeline, trucking, and bus carriers because of a lack of reliable data.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industry Productivity, available at http://www.bls.gov/lpc/ as of July 2007.