Table 4-2 Employment in For-Hire Transportation and Selected Transportation-Related Industries: 1995, 2000, and 2008–2011 (a)

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  1995 2000 2008 2009 2010 2011
TOTAL U.S. labor force 117,298 131,785 136,790 130,807 129,874 131,359
TOTAL transportation and related labor force 12,705 13,907 13,212 12,234 12,086 11,381
Transportation and related as a share of Total U.S. labor force 10.8% 10.6% 9.7% 9.4% 9.3% 8.7%
For-Hire Transportation and warehousing 3,838 4,410 4,508 4,236 4,191 4,292
Air transportation 511 614 491 463 458 456
Rail transportation 233 232 231 218 216 229
Water transportation 51 56 67 63 62 63
Truck transportation 1,249 1,406 1,389 1,268 1,250 1,299
Transit and ground passenger transportation 328 372 423 422 430 436
Pipeline transportation 54 46 42 43 42 43
Scenic and sightseeing transportation 22 28 28 28 27 29
Support activities for transportation 430 537 592 549 543 564
Couriers and messengers 517 605 573 546 528 529
Warehousing and storage 444 514 672 637 633 646
Transportation-related manufacturing, totalb 2,391 2,447 1,965 1,669 1,646 1,684
Other transportation-related industries, total 4,727 5,297 5,097 4,723 4,680 4,774
Postal service, total 850 880 747 703 659 631
Government employment, totalc 899 873 895 902 911 U

a Annual averages.

b Includes transportation equipment; petroleum products; tires; rubber; plastics; search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical, and nautical systems; and instrument manufacturing.

c Fiscal year data. Includes USDOT and state and local personnel. State and local component of government employment includes highway, air, transit, and water modes.

KEY: U = unavailable.

NOTE: Details may not add to totals due to independent rounding.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Census Bureau; and U.S. Department of Transportation, as cited in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 3-23, available at http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/na... as of January 2013.