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BLS delivers data for National Transportation Week

May 17, 2024

National Transportation Week, observed May 12–18 this year, recognizes those who build and operate our Nation's transportation systems. Nationwide in 2023, employment in transportation and warehousing averaged 6.6 million. Employment in 2023 was up from 3.5 million in 1990, an 89-percent increase over this 33-year period.

Employment in transportation and warehousing, 1990–2023
Year Transportation and warehousing, total Scenic and sightseeing transportation Pipeline transportation Water transportation Rail transportation Transit and ground passenger transportation

1990

3,477,900 15,700 59,800 56,800 270,400 271,900

1991

3,463,900 16,500 60,700 57,400 251,800 282,200

1992

3,461,600 17,700 60,100 56,700 241,800 287,100

1993

3,552,400 19,300 58,700 52,800 233,400 299,700

1994

3,698,500 21,300 57,000 52,300 223,300 317,000

1995

3,834,000 22,000 53,600 50,800 218,800 328,900

1996

3,930,400 23,200 51,400 51,000 209,000 340,700

1997

4,020,500 24,500 49,700 50,700 202,200 351,900

1998

4,160,800 25,400 48,100 50,500 203,800 365,600

1999

4,291,900 26,100 46,900 51,700 205,100 374,500

2000

4,400,700 27,500 46,000 56,000 205,600 376,300

2001

4,361,200 29,100 45,400 54,000 198,100 379,800

2002

4,211,700 25,600 41,700 52,600 186,700 386,400

2003

4,172,700 26,600 40,200 54,500 184,200 388,800

2004

4,235,600 27,200 38,400 56,400 190,900 391,900

2005

4,348,000 28,800 37,800 60,600 192,600 396,400

2006

4,457,000 27,500 38,700 62,700 192,400 406,500

2007

4,528,000 28,600 39,900 65,500 197,600 419,400

2008

4,495,900 28,000 41,700 67,100 195,400 430,400

2009

4,224,800 27,600 42,600 63,400 184,600 428,300

2010

4,179,200 27,300 42,300 62,300 183,000 436,200

2011

4,289,300 27,500 42,900 61,300 192,900 446,900

2012

4,403,700 28,000 43,600 63,900 195,100 447,500

2013

4,486,000 29,100 44,500 65,300 195,600 455,600

2014

4,648,600 30,600 47,000 67,300 199,700 473,700

2015

4,858,600 32,900 49,700 65,800 203,700 485,000

2016

5,003,500 34,500 49,800 65,600 183,600 490,200

2017

5,178,200 35,200 48,800 65,000 181,900 494,900

2018

5,426,400 34,600 49,700 65,100 181,700 494,700

2019

5,664,900 35,500 51,500 66,600 174,300 493,900

2020

5,639,600 21,300 51,100 60,000 150,400 370,300

2021

6,145,100 23,300 50,200 57,500 146,200 377,400

2022

6,605,900 29,800 50,900 64,700 147,400 410,900

2023

6,565,300 30,100 51,800 69,900 152,500 427,800
Employment in transportation and warehousing, 1990–2023, continued
Year Air transportation Support activities for transportation Couriers and messengers Truck transportation Warehousing and storage

1990

529,200 367,200 375,000 1,122,600 409,400

1991

525,400 380,200 378,900 1,104,900 405,900

1992

519,600 374,000 388,800 1,107,700 408,300

1993

516,600 386,400 414,300 1,155,000 416,100

1994

511,200 410,100 466,200 1,206,400 433,800

1995

510,900 436,400 516,800 1,249,300 446,600

1996

525,700 452,400 539,900 1,282,600 454,600

1997

542,000 480,600 546,000 1,308,500 464,400

1998

562,700 504,700 568,200 1,354,700 477,200

1999

586,300 526,500 585,900 1,391,800 497,200

2000

614,400 546,400 605,000 1,406,100 517,500

2001

615,300 548,700 587,000 1,387,100 516,900

2002

563,500 534,700 560,900 1,339,600 519,900

2003

528,300 530,600 561,700 1,325,900 531,900

2004

514,500 545,600 556,600 1,352,100 562,000

2005

500,800 562,800 571,400 1,397,900 598,900

2006

487,000 581,200 582,400 1,436,200 642,500

2007

491,800 595,000 580,700 1,439,600 669,800

2008

490,700 602,900 573,400 1,389,400 676,900

2009

462,800 558,900 546,300 1,268,600 641,700

2010

458,300 552,900 528,100 1,250,800 638,100

2011

456,900 572,900 529,200 1,301,000 657,900

2012

459,200 590,700 534,100 1,349,800 691,900

2013

444,300 609,200 543,900 1,382,600 716,000

2014

444,200 636,900 576,500 1,417,700 754,800

2015

458,600 663,100 612,800 1,452,700 834,300

2016

477,500 677,900 644,800 1,448,100 931,600

2017

491,500 700,600 676,100 1,457,000 1,027,300

2018

496,900 729,300 739,500 1,496,200 1,138,800

2019

504,900 753,800 826,900 1,528,800 1,228,700

2020

441,200 701,300 967,300 1,471,300 1,405,400

2021

459,500 725,900 1,089,400 1,515,200 1,700,500

2022

506,200 793,400 1,118,300 1,576,900 1,907,600

2023

552,000 823,300 1,083,000 1,566,500 1,808,400

Within transportation and warehousing, employment was 1.8 million in warehousing and storage, 1.6 million in truck transportation, and 1.1 million in the couriers and messengers industry. Employment was below 70,000 in three industries: scenic and sightseeing transportation, pipeline transportation, and water transportation industries.

From 1990 to 2023, employment in support activities for transportation increased 124 percent, while couriers and messengers employment grew 189 percent. Employment in warehousing and storage more than quadrupled, increasing from about 409,000 in 1990 to over 1.8 million in 2023, an increase of 342 percent.

In contrast, employment decreased in pipeline transportation (−13 percent) and rail transportation (−44 percent) from 1990 to 2023.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics program. See more BLS data about these industries: Industries at a Glance: Transportation and Warehousing: NAICS 48-49.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, BLS delivers data for National Transportation Week at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/bls-delivers-data-for-national-transportation-week.htm (visited June 14, 2024).

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