Transportation Economic Trends
Employment in Transportation:
Unemployment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector and in Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
Employment in transportation and related industries and employment in transportation occupations are two ways to measure the Nation’s transportation workforce. This page looks at total unemployment rates in transportation and warehousing sector and transportation and material moving occupations and breaks them down by sex. See our pages on monthly employment in the transportation sector by race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and employment by transportation mode and sex.Data presented on this page are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS is a monthly household level survey conducted by the Census Bureau for BLS. It provides data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, persons not in the labor force, hours of work, earnings, and other demographic and labor force characteristics. See data sources on transportation employment and workforce characteristics for more information about the survey and a comparison to other sources.Total unemployment rates 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. Seasonally adjusted data are not available for total unemployment in transportation and by sex and hence unadjusted numbers are reported on this page. For unadjusted data, monthly changes are only calculated from the same month last year to minimize the effect of seasonal variation.