Transportation gains nearly 31k jobs in November

| December 9, 2013

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The transportation sector gained 30,500 jobs in November, rising from 4,504,100 jobs in October to 4,534,600 in November, 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 203,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate decreased 0.3 percent.

The couriers and messengers sector of transportation experienced the highest number of gains, growing from 544,800 jobs in October to 553,400 in November — an increase of 8,600 jobs.

Scenic and sightseeing transportation saw the only loss in transportation, dropping from 25,300 jobs in October to 24,800 jobs in November, a loss of 500 jobs.

Rail transportation was the only transportation sector to hold steady in November, maintaining 229,900 jobs from October to November.

See monthly changes in transportation jobs below:

Sector

October 2013 (number of jobs)

November 2013 (number of jobs)

Change (month over month)

Transportation and warehousing

4,504,100

4,534,600

+30,500

  Air transportation

449,800

446,400

+3,400

  Rail transportation

229,900

229,900

  0

  Water transportation

62,600

63,500

+900

  Truck transportation

1,386,900

1,395,300

+8,400

  Transit and ground

  passenger transportation

472,000

476,000

+400

  Pipeline transportation

45,400

45,600

+200

  Scenic and sightseeing

  transportation

25,300

24,800

-500

  Support activities for

  transportation

589,700

590,600

+900

  Couriers and messengers

544,800

553,400

+8,600

  Warehousing and storage

701,100

705,700

+4,600

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

For more information about U.S. employment in October, view the full report here.

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