Transportation Economic Trends
Employment in Transportation:
Employment in Transportation and Related Industries
Employment in transportation and related industries and employment in transportation occupations are two ways to measure the Nation’s transportation workforce. This page highlights employment in transportation and related industries.
- A total of 14.2 million persons (10.0 percent of the U.S. labor force) worked in the transportation and warehousing sector and related industries (e.g., automotive manufacturing) in 2020—down 4.1 percent from 2019.
- Employment in the transportation and warehousing sector fell 1.9 percent in 2020 while employment in transportation-related industries decreased faster at 5.5 percent.
- Within the transportation sector, only couriers and messengers and warehousing and storage expanded their labor force (15.7 percent and 9.4 percent respectively) from 2019 to 2020. Scenic and sightseeing transportation employment saw the largest decline in employment (34.4 percent), followed by taxi and limousine service (28.9 percent), and transit and ground passenger transportation (24.1 percent).
- Truck transportation employed the most transportation occupation, followed by motor vehicle and parts dealers. However, transit and ground passenger transportation employed the most transportation occupation as a percent of total employment at 84 percent.
- Roughly one-quarter of all transportation workers in 2020 are over the age of 55— slightly more than the percent employed in all industries. Nearly half (42.2 percent) of workers in transit are over the age of 55.