Transportation Employment

Transportation Employment

Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted

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Employment in for-hire transportation industries is a signal of demand in the economy. In the May 2008 edition of Occupational Employment Statistics, 63 percent of employees in for-hire transportation industries are in transportation and material moving positions (Standard Occupational Classification 53). That share is 76 percent for truck transportation, but only 25 percent for air transportation.

Transportation Employment May-09 May-10
Truck Transportation Employees (thousands) 1,261.3 1,225.2
Percent change from same month previous year -10.21 -2.86
Air Transportation Employees (thousands) 460.5 456.3
Percent change from same month previous year -7.60 -0.91
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation Employees (thousands) 441.3 439.0
Percent change from same month previous year -0.14 -0.52
Other Transportation Modes Employees (thousands) 324.1 319.8
Percent change from same month previous year -5.01 -1.33

NOTES: Other Transportation Modes includes rail, water, and pipeline transportation. Data do not include sightseeing, support activities, couriers, or warehousing.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, available at as of June 2010.