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Transportation plays a major role in the U.S. economy. About 10% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2007 is related to transportation. Housing, health care, and food are the only categories with greater shares of the GDP.

GDP by Category, 2007
Graph showing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for various categories. About 10% of the GDP is transportation-related. For more detailed information, see the table below.


Supporting Information

Gross Domestic Product, 2007
Housing 24.3%
Health Care 17.4%
Food 11.6%
Transportation-related* 10.5%
Education 7.6%
Recreation 7.0%
Other** 21.5%
Total GDP $13.81
trillion dollars

* Includes all consumer and government purchases of goods (e.g. vehicle and fuel) and services (e.g. auto insurance) and exports related to transportation.
** Includes all other categories (e.g., entertainment, personal care products and services, and payments to pension plans).
Source: Calculated by U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics based on data from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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