Industries at a Glance: Transportation and Warehousing: NAICS 48-49



About the Transportation and Warehousing sector

The transportation and warehousing sector is part of the trade, transportation, and utilities supersector.

The Transportation and Warehousing sector includes industries providing transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation. Establishments in these industries use transportation equipment or transportation related facilities as a productive asset. The type of equipment depends on the mode of transportation. The modes of transportation are air, rail, water, road, and pipeline.

North American Industry Classification System

The transportation and warehousing sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics


This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in transportation and warehousing.
While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households.
The following tables present an overview of the industry including
the number of jobs,
the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry,
union membership and representation,
gross job gains and losses,
data for occupations common to the industry,
and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment







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Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020

Employment (in thousands)


Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

5,658.0 5,655.9 5,685.7 5,681.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

4,948.0 4,957.1 4,970.0 4,966.6

Unemployment


Unemployment rate

3.3% 2.8% 3.3% 3.8%

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Union Membership and Representation






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2016 2017 2018 2019

Union membership and representation


Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

18.4% 17.3% 16.7% 16.1%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

20.0% 18.8% 17.9% 17.6%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment






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3rd quarter
2018
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019

Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)


Gross job gains

313 421 281 308

Gross job losses

256 239 346 267

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Employment by Occupation









Data series Employment,
2018

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

78,700

Bus drivers, school

199,520

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

38,320

Sailors and marine oilers

25,780

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

1,046,870

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for transportation and warehousing.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours.
The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown.
In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in transportation and warehousing.
This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation











Data series Wages, 2018
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

-$ -$ $149,090 $172,830

Bus drivers, school

$16.31 $16.78 $33,930 $34,910

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

$30.49 $32.03 $63,430 $66,620

Sailors and marine oilers

$18.88 $22.01 $39,280 $45,780

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$21.72 $22.41 $45,180 $46,600

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs






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1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

12-month percent change


Total compensation

3.4% 3.4% 3.2% 3.9%

Wages and salaries

4.1% 3.8% 3.8% 4.7%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in transportation and warehousing. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.






Data series 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities


Number of fatalities

799 856 916 909


Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.






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Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020

Producer price index

137.4 140.2 139.2 138.2

Percent change from previous month

  -0.4% 2.0% -0.7% -0.7%

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in transportation and warehousing.

Establishments










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4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019

Number of establishments


Private industry

256,168 257,926 261,667 264,460

Local government

2,847 2,861 2,866 2,872

State government

480 480 480 480

Federal government

29,083 29,316 29,344 29,376

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)


With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

63 62 59  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

57 57 60  

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on:

March 27, 2020




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