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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
data
Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

26,984 27,023 (p)27,093 (p)27,187

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

22,855 22,854 (p)22,905 (p)22,978

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

1,086 1,184 (p)1,278  

Hires

1,014 1,052 (p)881  

Separations

1,172 1,566 (p)942  

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

Data series Back
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Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$25.67 $25.70 (p)$25.67 (p)$25.78

Average weekly hours

34.1 34.4 (p)34.2 (p)34.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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Dec.
2020
Jan.
2021
Feb.
2021
Mar.
2021

Average hourly earnings

$21.74 $21.71 (p)$21.71 (p)$21.78

Average weekly hours

34.1 34.5 (p)34.3 (p)34.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employee Benefits

This section presents data on the incidence (the percentage of workers with access to and participation in employer-provided benefit plans) and provisions of selected employee benefits from the National Compensation Survey. More Benefits estimates are also accessible from the Benefits database, the archived NCS publications page, and the complete Employee Benefits Excel dataset (XLSX).

Data series Access Participation
Back
data
2020 Back
data
2020

Private industry

Retirement benefit plans

76 51

Defined benefit plans

16 11

Defined contribution plans

69 44

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Data series After 1 year of service After 20 years of service
Back
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2020 Back
data
2020

Mean number of vacation days for private industry workers without consolidated leave plans

7 18

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Data series Back
data
2020

Percent of private industry workers with access to employer-sponsored benefits

Health care

69

Paid vacation

81

Paid sick leave

74

(Source: Employee Benefits in the United States)

Employer Compensation Costs

Data series Back
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1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020

Private industry

12-month percent change

Total compensation

2.7% 2.9% 2.6% 3.1%

Wages and salaries

3.3% 3.5% 2.9% 3.4%

3-month percent change

Total compensation

1.1% 0.8% 0.3% 0.9%

Wages and salaries

1.2% 0.8% 0.3% 1.0%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Data series Private industry
Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation
Back
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4th quarter 2020 Back
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4th quarter 2020

Total compensation

30.66 100.0

Wages and salaries

21.72 70.8

Total benefits

8.94 29.2

Insurance

2.38 7.8

Retirement

1.14 3.7

Paid leave

2.02 6.6

(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 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

1,364 1,426 1,431 1,456

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

Data series 2019

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

Total recordable cases

3.4

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

Data series Back
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4th quarter
2019
1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

1,949,344 (p)1,943,499 (p)1,944,036 (p)1,956,615

Local government

11,995 (p)12,007 (p)12,000 (p)11,991

State government

977 (p)979 (p)977 (p)975

Federal government

30,176 (p)30,243 (p)30,272 (p)30,311

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: April 16, 2021