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Transportation plays an important role in the U.S. economy and contributed 8% to U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020. Transportation is the fourth-largest contributor (behind housing, healthcare, and food) to the national GDP, which measures the monetary value of goods and services in the United States.

Contributions to GDP by Category, 2020

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transportation Economic Trends, accessed June 3, 2022.