In 2017 there were 25 transportation-related employment categories with combined employment of about 11 million, which is 7.5% of total employment. Retail motor vehicles and parts sales employment made up the largest share (18%), with truck freight transportation (including drivers) second with 13%.
- "Other" category includes: Travel arrangement and reservation services, Rail transportation, Automotive equipment rental and leasing, Auto & light truck manufacturing, Motor vehicle body & trailer manufacturing, Oil & gas pipeline construction, Ship & boat building, Water transportation, Railroad rolling stock & other transportation equipment manufacturing, Tire manufacturing, Pipeline transportation, Scenic & sightseeing, and Heavy-duty truck manufacturing. Each of these categories represented less than 3% of transportation-related employment.
- Employment is the total number of persons on establishment payrolls employed full- or part-time who received pay (whether they worked or not) for any part of the pay period that includes the 12th day of the month.
- The employment shown is not seasonally-adjusted.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, website query, February 21, 2018.
Transportation-related Employment, 2017
|Employment Category||Employment (Thousands)||Share|
|Motor vehicle and parts dealers - retail||2,008.3||18.3%|
|Truck transportation (includes drivers)||1,453.5||13.3%|
|Gasoline stations - retail||931.5||8.5%|
|Automotive repair and maintenance||923.4||8.4%|
|Support activities for transportation||690.1||6.3%|
|Couriers and messengers||682.8||6.2%|
|Motor vehicle parts manufacturing||586.3||5.4%|
|Transit & ground transportation||491.5||4.5%|
|Aerospace products and parts manufacturing||484.6||4.4%|
|Motor vehicles and parts - wholesale||337.5||3.1%|
|Highway street and bridge construction||324.7||3.0%|
|- Travel arrangement and reservation services||217.6||2.0%|
|- Rail transportation||215.0||2.0%|
|- Automotive equipment rental and leasing||214.4||2.0%|
|- Auto and light truck manufacturing||182.9||1.7%|
|- Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing||154.2||1.4%|
|- Oil and gas pipeline construction||137.3||1.3%|
|- Ship & boat building||136.7||1.2%|
|- Water transportation||65.2||0.6%|
|- Railroad rolling stock & other transportation equipment mfg.||57.9||0.5%|
|- Tire manufacturing||56.1||0.5%|
|- Pipeline transportation||48.3||0.4%|
|- Scenic & sightseeing||35.6||0.3%|
|- Heavy-duty truck manufacturing||29.1||0.3%|
|Total transportation-related employment||10,957.2||100.0%|