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

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Oct.
2016
Nov.
2016
Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

27,331 27,346 (p)27,400 (p)27,444

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

22,963 22,971 (p)23,021 (p)23,053

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

1,094 957 (p)933  

Hires

1,328 1,316 (p)812  

Separations

1,047 889 (p)980  

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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Oct.
2016
Nov.
2016
Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$22.52 $22.57 (p)$22.54 (p)$22.61

Average weekly hours

34.2 34.2 (p)34.4 (p)34.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Oct.
2016
Nov.
2016
Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017

Average hourly earnings

$19.09 $19.13 (p)$19.19 (p)$19.19

Average weekly hours

33.5 33.5 (p)33.5 (p)33.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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1st quarter
2016
2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016
4th quarter
2016

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.8% 3.0% 2.4% 2.8%

Wages and salaries

2.5% 2.9% 2.2% 2.6%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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3rd quarter 2016
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

26.80 100.0

Wages and salaries

18.83 70.3

Total benefits

7.97 29.7

Insurance

2.27 8.5

Retirement

1.04 3.9

(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 2012 2013 2014 2015

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

1,297 1,277 1,295 1,282

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

Data series 2015

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

Total recordable cases

3.6

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

2.2

Cases involving days away from work

1.2

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

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3rd quarter
2015
4th quarter
2015
1st quarter
2016
2nd quarter
2016

Number of establishments

Private industry

1,918,962 1,921,216 (p)1,912,467 (p)1,921,009

Local government

11,940 11,949 (p)12,010 (p)12,008

State government

968 965 (p)979 (p)983

Federal government

30,259 30,210 (p)30,164 (p)30,163

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: February 15, 2017