TABLE 1-4-6 - Employment in For-Hire Transportation and Selected Transportation-Related Industries: 1998-2008

TABLE 1-4-6 - Employment in For-Hire Transportation and Selected Transportation-Related Industries: 1998-2008

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  1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
U.S. labor force, total 125,930 128,993 131,785 131,826 130,341 129,999 131,435 133,703 136,086 137,598 137,066
Transportation-related labor force, total 13,481 13,767 13,907 13,752 13,438 13,224 13,259 13,395 13,492 13,516 13,234
Transportation and warehousing (48-49) 4,168 4,300 4,410 4,372 4,224 4,185 4,249 4,361 4,470 4,541 4,505
Air transportation (481) 563 586 614 615 564 528 515 501 487 492 493
Rail transportation (482) 225 229 232 227 218 218 226 228 228 234 230
Water transportation (483) 51 52 56 54 53 55 56 61 63 66 65
Truck transportation (484) 1,354 1,392 1,406 1,387 1,339 1,326 1,352 1,398 1,436 1,439 1,391
Transit and ground passenger transportation (485) 363 371 372 375 381 382 385 389 399 412 418
Pipeline transportation (486) 48 47 46 45 42 40 38 38 39 40 42
Scenic and sightseeing transportation (487) 25 26 28 29 26 27 27 29 28 29 28
Support activities for transportation (488) 497 518 537 539 525 520 535 552 571 584 590
Postal service (491) 881 890 880 873 842 809 782 774 770 769 748
Couriers and messengers (492) 568 586 605 587 561 562 557 571 582 581 576
Warehousing and storage (493) 474 494 514 514 517 528 558 595 638 665 673
Transportation-related manufacturing                      
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing (324) 135 128 123 121 118 114 112 112 113 115 117
Tire manufacturing (32621) 87 87 87 82 76 72 70 67 60 59 60
Rubber and plastic hoses and belting manufacturing (32622) 29 30 30 29 28 28 28 29 28 28 27
Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical, and nautical system and instrument manufacturing (334511) 163 161 149 150 148 145 151 157 158 158 153
Transportation equipment manufacturing (336) 2,078 2,089 2,057 1,939 1,830 1,775 1,767 1,772 1,769 1,712 1,607
Other transportation-related industries                      
Highway, street, and bridge construction (2373) 308 336 340 346 346 340 347 351 348 345 329
Motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers (4231) 354 360 356 347 346 342 341 344 348 350 339
Transportation equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers (42386) 37 40 39 36 34 32 32 33 33 34 35
Petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers (4247) 122 123 119 114 111 106 101 100 100 101 101
Motor vehicle parts dealers (441) 1,741 1,797 1,847 1,855 1,879 1,883 1,902 1,919 1,910 1,908 1,845
Gasoline stations (447) 961 944 936 925 896 882 876 871 864 862 843
Automotive equipment rental and leasing (5321) 189 199 208 208 195 193 197 199 199 196 195
Travel arrangement and reservation services (5615) 304 297 299 285 252 235 226 224 226 227 228
Other ambulatory health care services (6219) 171 173 173 180 187 195 200 206 217 228 239
Automotive repair and maintenance (8111) 828 864 888 904 900 894 891 886 887 885 858
Parking lots and garages (81293) 85 89 93 96 96 100 102 103 108 111 113
Government employment, total 842 862 873 890 932 894 888 888 885 890 895
U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) 69 65 64 66 99 59 57 56 54 54 56
State and Local 772 797 809 824 832 835 830 833 831 835 839

NOTES: Total U.S. labor force excludes farm employment. Transportation and warehousing total does not include postal service. Tire manufacturing includes tire retreading. Transportation equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers do not include motor vehicle wholesalers. Government employment does not include all government agencies (e.g., the National Transportation Safety Board). The U.S. Department of Transportation was created in 1966. Data are for fiscal year and include permanent civilians as well as temporary employees and military. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003.

State and Local employment statistics data are significantly different from the data reported in the previous editions of the report, because current data include employment for air, water and transit modes in addition to highway. It is full-time equivalent employment.

Details may not add to totals due to rounding.

SOURCES: All Data Except Government: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. DOT: Office of the Secretary of Transportation; State and Local: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 3-19b, available at http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/ as of January 2010.