Other Transportation Economic Data

Transportation Economic Trends

Transportation Economic Trends (TET) highlights transportation's role in the economy through a series of interactive charts and downloadable data. TET also explains related concepts for a general audience.
  • Transportation and transportation-related industries employed over 14.8 million people, accounting for 9.8 percent of the U.S. work force in 2019 and an increasing share since 2012.
  • While the economy entered a recession in February 2020, transportation employment began to decline year-over-year in April 2020 when COVID-19 caused significant declines in freight and passenger movement.
  • Fuel prices in 2020 declined to nearly 2016 levels—the most recent low before fuel prices began to climb in 2017 and 2018.

Visualizations and Additional Data: https://datahub.transportation.gov/stories/s/28tb-cpjy