Transportation Economic Trends


Employment in Transportation:

Monthly Employment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector, Establishment Data

Employment in transportation and related industries and employment in transportation occupations are two ways to measure the Nation’s transportation workforce. This page focuses on monthly employment in the transportation and warehousing sector and breaks it down by transportation mode and by sex. See our pages on monthly employment in the transportation sector by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and unemployment in transportation.

Data presented on this page are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics (CES). Each month, the CES program releases detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. The data are from a monthly establishment level survey. See data sources on transportation employment and workforce characteristics for more information about the survey and a comparison to other sources.

Data reported on this page are seasonally adjusted. Seasonal adjustment is the process of estimating and removing movement in a time series caused by regular seasonal variation in activity.


Monthly Employment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector | By Mode | Women Workers in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector

Total Employment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector by Month (seasonally adjusted)

Employment in transportation and warehousing grew over time but as a share of total U.S. employment, remained between 3 to 4 percent.

Modal Employment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector by Month (seasonally adjusted)

Most of those employed in the transportation and warehousing sector work in the trucking industry and the fewest in the water and pipeline industries. The warehousing and storage sector experienced the most pronounced growth in employment since 2010. 
Note: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) air transportation employment levels differ from employment levels reported by the Bureau of Transportation Statistic's Office of Airline Information (OAI). BLS air transportation employment data is based on the Current Employment Statistics survey, a voluntarily sample of employers; the OAI air transportation employment data is sourced from a legislatively mandated report submitted by all large certificated air carriers.

Monthly Employment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector By Mode | Women Workers in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector

Women Workers in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector by Month (seasonally adjusted)

Women make up less than half the transportation and warehousing sector workforce. For information on sex differences in the unemployment rates of the transportation and warehousing sector, visit the page on Monthly Unemployment Rates.

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Recommended citation
U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transportation Economic Trends, available at www.bts.gov/product/transportation-economic-trends.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is the preeminent source of statistics on commercial aviation, multimodal freight activity, and transportation economics, and provides context to decision makers and the public for understanding statistics on transportation.
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