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Transit and ground passenger employment up 18.6 percent since January 2006

March 02, 2016

Businesses and consumers rely on the transportation industry to deliver products and materials and for transportation to and from work and other travel destinations. From January 2006 to January 2016, employment in the transit and ground passenger industry increased 18.6 percent. Employment in trucking decreased 13 percent from January 2006 to March 2010. Since then, however, the industry has recovered to the point trucking employment was 3.5 percent greater in January 2016 than it was in January 2006.

Index of transportation employment, seasonally adjusted, January 2006–January 2016 (January 2006 = 100)
Month Total private Air Rail Water Truck Transit and ground passenger Scenic and sightseeing

Jan 2006

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Feb 2006

100.3 99.7 99.7 98.9 100.3 100.4 99.6

Mar 2006

100.5 99.6 99.7 99.0 100.5 100.3 100.7

Apr 2006

100.6 99.8 100.2 99.2 101.0 99.9 101.1

May 2006

100.6 99.5 100.4 98.7 101.0 101.0 103.4

Jun 2006

100.7 99.6 101.0 97.8 101.2 100.7 101.1

Jul 2006

100.9 99.9 101.0 98.4 101.9 100.6 103.4

Aug 2006

101.0 99.9 101.1 99.4 101.8 100.5 103.4

Sep 2006

101.1 100.5 101.1 100.6 101.9 100.6 101.9

Oct 2006

101.1 100.7 101.6 100.0 102.0 100.6 103.7

Nov 2006

101.2 99.6 101.9 100.5 102.0 101.6 106.3

Dec 2006

101.4 100.9 102.7 101.4 102.4 101.3 105.2

Jan 2007

101.6 100.6 103.1 100.5 102.6 102.1 112.7

Feb 2007

101.6 99.0 103.9 101.9 102.5 103.0 109.7

Mar 2007

101.8 99.7 104.5 100.6 102.5 102.6 108.2

Apr 2007

101.8 101.0 103.9 100.0 102.1 102.6 106.3

May 2007

101.9 99.3 104.3 102.4 102.4 103.1 103.4

Jun 2007

102.0 101.0 103.4 104.3 102.0 102.0 101.9

Jul 2007

102.0 101.0 103.5 105.9 101.4 103.8 104.1

Aug 2007

101.9 101.3 103.5 106.2 100.9 104.6 104.5

Sep 2007

102.0 101.6 103.6 105.9 101.1 106.4 106.0

Oct 2007

102.0 101.7 102.9 106.0 100.8 105.8 106.7

Nov 2007

102.1 102.1 102.7 106.5 100.5 104.9 109.3

Dec 2007

102.1 102.5 101.9 106.0 100.1 105.1 111.9

Jan 2008

102.1 102.9 102.6 106.3 100.0 105.5 110.4

Feb 2008

102.0 103.6 102.4 103.8 99.7 105.8 109.0

Mar 2008

102.0 103.3 102.3 103.2 99.9 105.9 108.6

Apr 2008

101.8 102.7 102.5 105.5 99.7 107.7 104.9

May 2008

101.6 102.1 102.5 106.0 99.2 106.6 104.5

Jun 2008

101.4 101.4 102.0 107.9 98.5 107.9 103.7

Jul 2008

101.2 100.7 102.6 110.0 97.9 107.5 101.9

Aug 2008

100.9 99.6 102.3 107.9 97.5 108.0 101.9

Sep 2008

100.6 98.9 101.6 107.8 96.8 106.2 100.7

Oct 2008

100.1 98.3 102.6 107.3 96.5 106.2 104.5

Nov 2008

99.4 97.9 102.3 105.5 95.3 105.9 105.2

Dec 2008

98.8 97.1 101.8 101.3 94.8 106.3 104.1

Jan 2009

98.1 96.4 102.0 101.7 93.1 106.2 105.2

Feb 2009

97.5 96.1 100.8 104.6 92.5 106.6 103.0

Mar 2009

96.8 95.8 99.6 103.0 91.4 106.6 99.6

Apr 2009

96.1 94.4 98.6 102.4 90.0 105.7 103.7

May 2009

95.8 94.7 96.9 100.6 89.5 106.8 105.2

Jun 2009

95.5 94.4 95.4 98.9 89.1 109.1 99.6

Jul 2009

95.2 94.5 95.3 98.3 88.7 106.4 105.6

Aug 2009

95.0 94.7 95.2 98.9 88.4 105.7 103.7

Sep 2009

94.9 94.8 94.8 99.4 88.4 105.1 104.1

Oct 2009

94.7 95.0 93.8 99.2 88.0 105.3 100.7

Nov 2009

94.6 94.6 93.4 99.0 88.0 106.0 101.9

Dec 2009

94.4 94.5 93.6 99.0 87.6 105.6 104.9

Jan 2010

94.5 94.8 93.3 99.0 87.5 105.7 101.1

Feb 2010

94.4 95.2 93.4 95.1 87.1 105.3 101.5

Mar 2010

94.5 94.9 93.7 98.7 87.0 106.8 100.0

Apr 2010

94.7 94.7 94.2 98.1 87.4 106.6 101.9

May 2010

94.8 94.4 94.4 99.0 87.7 106.4 102.2

Jun 2010

94.9 94.0 95.3 100.3 88.0 108.0 101.9

Jul 2010

95.0 93.7 96.2 99.2 88.5 110.4 101.1

Aug 2010

95.1 93.6 96.7 98.7 88.8 107.8 102.6

Sep 2010

95.2 93.5 97.5 98.4 89.0 110.3 103.7

Oct 2010

95.4 93.4 98.1 98.9 89.4 110.6 103.7

Nov 2010

95.5 93.4 98.7 100.3 89.5 110.9 103.0

Dec 2010

95.6 93.4 98.9 101.6 89.6 110.5 101.9

Jan 2011

95.6 93.1 98.8 100.6 89.8 109.6 101.5

Feb 2011

95.8 93.2 99.5 99.8 90.6 109.5 102.2

Mar 2011

96.0 93.2 100.2 98.7 91.1 109.2 102.2

Apr 2011

96.3 93.4 100.3 98.4 91.5 110.8 98.9

May 2011

96.5 93.6 101.0 98.1 91.7 111.0 108.2

Jun 2011

96.6 93.9 101.4 96.4 92.0 112.5 107.5

Jul 2011

96.8 94.3 101.4 94.3 92.0 111.2 105.6

Aug 2011

96.9 94.0 102.0 95.9 92.1 111.4 102.2

Sep 2011

97.2 94.2 101.9 96.4 92.4 111.3 101.5

Oct 2011

97.3 94.2 102.2 96.7 92.6 111.2 104.9

Nov 2011

97.5 94.0 101.9 95.9 92.8 110.9 103.7

Dec 2011

97.7 94.2 102.0 96.5 93.4 111.3 102.6

Jan 2012

98.0 94.6 102.3 99.5 93.7 112.3 102.2

Feb 2012

98.2 94.6 102.0 101.6 94.5 112.4 104.1

Mar 2012

98.4 94.5 102.2 100.5 94.6 111.7 106.3

Apr 2012

98.5 94.5 102.7 98.9 94.2 107.1 106.7

May 2012

98.6 94.5 102.5 99.2 94.9 112.0 100.7

Jun 2012

98.7 94.7 102.2 100.0 95.1 109.2 103.0

Jul 2012

98.8 94.7 102.0 101.3 95.6 109.7 101.1

Aug 2012

99.0 94.7 102.1 102.1 95.7 110.4 103.0

Sep 2012

99.1 94.2 101.3 102.5 95.6 111.7 104.9

Oct 2012

99.3 93.8 102.2 103.5 96.1 111.8 105.2

Nov 2012

99.4 93.4 102.2 103.3 96.2 111.5 106.7

Dec 2012

99.6 93.0 102.5 102.7 96.5 111.9 107.5

Jan 2013

99.8 92.1 102.9 102.2 96.8 112.8 106.3

Feb 2013

100.1 92.1 103.0 102.7 97.1 111.8 107.8

Mar 2013

100.2 92.0 102.9 103.8 96.7 112.8 109.3

Apr 2013

100.4 91.9 102.7 104.0 97.4 113.4 108.2

May 2013

100.6 91.6 102.4 103.5 97.4 113.4 107.1

Jun 2013

100.7 91.3 102.6 102.9 97.4 113.7 111.6

Jul 2013

100.9 90.9 102.3 103.3 97.4 108.2 108.6

Aug 2013

101.1 90.6 101.6 103.0 97.7 108.9 107.8

Sep 2013

101.2 90.5 102.0 103.5 97.8 114.7 108.2

Oct 2013

101.4 90.3 101.9 103.6 98.0 115.0 107.1

Nov 2013

101.7 90.4 102.4 104.6 98.3 115.4 108.6

Dec 2013

101.7 90.8 102.4 104.4 98.2 116.0 111.6

Jan 2014

101.9 90.5 102.1 105.2 98.4 115.3 113.1

Feb 2014

102.0 90.3 102.2 106.0 98.5 116.2 112.3

Mar 2014

102.3 90.6 102.2 105.1 99.0 116.9 113.4

Apr 2014

102.5 90.3 102.6 105.9 99.3 116.4 111.9

May 2014

102.7 90.9 103.5 107.0 99.6 116.4 116.4

Jun 2014

102.9 91.1 103.9 107.3 99.9 116.3 113.8

Jul 2014

103.2 91.3 104.7 107.1 100.1 117.5 115.7

Aug 2014

103.4 91.2 105.1 107.8 100.3 119.0 116.0

Sep 2014

103.6 91.3 106.3 106.7 100.7 118.6 112.3

Oct 2014

103.7 92.1 106.6 106.0 101.1 119.0 116.8

Nov 2014

104.0 92.2 107.2 107.1 101.2 119.6 115.7

Dec 2014

104.3 92.0 108.0 107.4 101.8 119.4 114.2

Jan 2015

104.5 92.3 108.6 106.3 102.2 119.8 116.8

Feb 2015

104.7 92.5 109.3 105.5 102.5 119.1 117.2

Mar 2015

104.8 92.5 109.6 105.5 102.1 119.8 115.7

Apr 2015

105.0 93.2 109.5 105.4 102.3 119.8 119.0

May 2015

105.2 93.2 109.1 103.8 102.8 120.3 119.4

Jun 2015

105.4 93.4 108.5 103.8 103.0 120.0 119.8

Jul 2015

105.6 93.8 107.6 102.7 103.1 120.5 120.5

Aug 2015

105.7 94.2 106.7 101.1 103.1 120.5 123.9

Sep 2015

105.9 94.5 105.7 100.6 103.0 119.8 123.1

Oct 2015

106.1 94.9 104.7 99.2 102.8 119.7 119.8

Nov 2015

106.4 94.7 103.6 98.1 103.1 119.1 113.8

Dec 2015(p)

106.6 94.8 101.6 97.5 103.3 119.2 109.7

Jan 2016(p)

106.7 94.8 101.3 97.1 103.5 118.6 107.5
Footnotes:

(p) = preliminary.

From January 2006 to January 2016, employment in water (−2.9 percent) and air transportation (−5.2 percent) decreased, compared with a 6.7-percent increase for all private industries. In January 2016, employment in air transportation was at post-recession levels.

These data are derived from the Current Employment Statistics program. The industry employment indexes were computed by dividing seasonally adjusted employment for each month by the corresponding industry’s seasonally adjusted employment for January 2006. Data for the most recent 2 months are preliminary. To learn more, see our data retrieval tool for national employment data by industry.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Transit and ground passenger employment up 18.6 percent since January 2006 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/transit-and-ground-passenger-employment-up-18-point-6-percent-since-january-2006.htm (visited November 22, 2019).

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