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Industries at a Glance
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Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

About the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities supersector

The trade, transportation, and utilities supersector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The trade, transportation, and utilities supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in trade, transportation, and utilities. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, job openings and labor turnover, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Openings, Hires, and Separations

Data series Back
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Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

27,832 27,830 (p)27,776 (p)24,719

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

23,509 23,527 (p)23,466 (p)20,707

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

1,082 1,046 (p)990  

Hires

1,025 984 (p)1,083  

Separations

1,544 1,029 (p)2,202  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in trade, transportation, and utilities, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(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 are shown. 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

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Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$24.61 $24.68 (p)$24.75 (p)$25.70

Average weekly hours

34.0 34.2 (p)34.1 (p)33.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$20.87 $20.94 (p)$20.94 (p)$21.66

Average weekly hours

33.9 34.1 (p)33.9 (p)33.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020

12-month percent change

Total compensation

3.1% 2.6% 2.9% 2.7%

Wages and salaries

3.4% 3.0% 3.3% 3.3%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



Data series Back
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4th quarter 2019
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

29.04 100.0

Wages and salaries

20.47 70.5

Total benefits

8.56 29.5

Insurance

2.35 8.1

Retirement

1.12 3.8

(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 trade, transportation, and utilities. 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

1,282 1,364 1,426 1,431

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

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

3.5

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.3

Cases involving days away from work

1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.0

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

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in trade, transportation, and utilities.

Establishments

Data series Back
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1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019
4th quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)1,932,679 (p)1,941,296 (p)1,948,783 (p)1,951,373

Local government

(p)12,012 (p)12,014 (p)12,017  

State government

(p)979 (p)979 (p)978  

Federal government

(p)30,136 (p)30,165 (p)30,199  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: May 22, 2020