Transportation gains 9k jobs in January

| February 12, 2014

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The transportation sector gained 9,900 jobs in January, rising from 4.55 million jobs in December to 4.56 million jobs in January, according to statistics released Friday by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In comparison, overall employment in the U.S. increased by 113,000 jobs in January, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent.

The couriers and messengers sector of transportation experienced the highest number of gains, rising from 562,800 jobs in December to 572,900 in January — an increase of 10,100 jobs.

Warehousing and storage saw the highest number of losses in the industry, falling from 723,500 jobs in December to 718,300 jobs in January — a decline of 5,200 jobs.

Water transportation was, again, the only transportation sector to hold steady in January, maintaining 66,100 jobs for the third consecutive month.

See monthly changes in transportation jobs below:

Sector

December 2013 (number of jobs)

January 2013 (number of jobs)

Change (month over month)

Transportation and warehousing

4,552,700

4,562,600

+9,900

  Air transportation

453,900

453,700

-200

  Rail transportation

233,000

232,100

-900

  Water transportation

66,100

66,100

 0

  Truck transportation

1,387,900

1,391,100

+3,200

  Transit and ground

  passenger transportation

453,600

450,800

-2,800

  Pipeline transportation

44,700

45,000

+300

  Scenic and sightseeing

  transportation

29,300

29,900

+600

  Support activities for

  transportation

597,900

602,700

+4,800

  Couriers and messengers

562,800

572,900

+10,100

  Warehousing and storage

723,500

718,300

-5,200

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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