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Table 5-4 Employment in For-Hire Transportation Establishments Primarily Serving Freight: 2000, 2010, and 2012-2014(1)

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  2000 2010 2012 2013 2014
Total U.S. labor force2 (R) 132,019 130,275 134,104 136,393 139,042
Transportation and warehousing 4,410 4,191 4,416 4,498 4,640
Rail transportation 232 216 231 231 235
Water transportation 56 62 64 65 67
Truck transportation 1,406 1,250 1,349 1,382 1,416
Air Transportation3 (R) 614 458 459 444 442
Pipeline transportation 46 42 44 45 47
Support activities for transportation4 537 543 580 598 625
Couriers and messengers 605 528 534 544 574
Warehousing and storage 514 633 687 711 738

KEY: R = revised.

1Annual averages.

2Excludes farm employment.

3Data for air transportation includes passenger and freight transportation employment.

4Industries in the support activities for transportation subsector provide services to transportation carrier establishments or to the general public. This subsector includes a wide array of establishments, including air traffic control services, marine cargo handling, and motor vehicle towing.

NOTES: These data include workers employed in transportation industries but not necessarily in a transportation occupation, such as a lawyer working for a trucking company. Moreover, these data exclude workers in transportation occupations employed by non-transportation industries, such as a truck driver employed by a retail company.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics survey, available at www.bls.gov/ces as of July 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017