Transportation gains 7.9k jobs in March

| April 4, 2014

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The transportation sector gained 7,900 jobs in March, bringing total employment in the sector to 4,564,600 jobs, according to statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In comparison, overall employment in the U.S. increased by 192,000 jobs in March while the unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent.

Truck transportation experienced the highest number of gains, growing from 1,390,100 jobs in February to 1,393,400 jobs in March — an increase of 3,300 jobs.

Couriers and messengers saw the highest number of losses, declining from 555,100 jobs in February to 552,900 in March — a decrease of 2,200 jobs.

See monthly changes in transportation jobs below:

Sector

February 2014 (number of jobs)

March 2014 (number of jobs)

Change (month over month)

Transportation and warehousing

4,556,700

4,564,600

+7,900

  Air transportation

454,000

454,800

+800

  Rail transportation

233,300

233,900

+600

  Water transportation

67,500

66,500

-100

  Truck transportation

1,390,100

1,393,400

+3,300

  Transit and ground

  passenger transportation

451,700

454,200

+2,500

  Pipeline transportation

45,100

45,200

+100

  Scenic and sightseeing

  transportation

29,200

29,100

-100

  Support activities for

  transportation

600,500

601,900

+1,400

  Couriers and messengers

555,100

555,200

-2,200

  Warehousing and storage

730,200

732,700

+2,500

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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