The transportation and warehousing, and utilities, supersector is made up of two parts: the transportation and warehousing sector (sectors 48 - 49), and the utilities sector (sector 22).
The transportation and warehousing sector includes industries providing transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation. Establishments in these industries use transportation equipment or transportation related facilities as a productive asset. The type of equipment depends on the mode of transportation. The modes of transportation are air, rail, water, road, and pipeline.
The utilities sector comprises establishments engaged in the provision of the following utility services: electric power, natural gas, steam supply, water supply, and sewage removal. Within this sector, the specific activities associated with the utility services provided vary by utility: electric power includes generation, transmission, and distribution; natural gas includes distribution; steam supply includes provision and/or distribution; water supply includes treatment and distribution; and sewage removal includes collection, treatment, and disposal of waste through sewer systems and sewage treatment facilities.
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data show that utilities and transportation and warehousing account for a small part of the nation's employment, and a smaller portion of business establishments. In the economy as a whole, transportation and warehousing makes up about 3.1 percent of all employment and about 2.6 percent of all establishments. Utilities represents about 0.5 percent of all employment and about 0.2 percent of all establishments.
Current Employment Statistics estimates show annual average employment in transportation and warehousing during the 1994 - 2003 period was 3,701,000 at the beginning of the period and reached a peak of 4,410,300 in 2000. During 2003, transportation and warehousing employment was 4,176,700, on average. Utilities employment, which was 689,300 in 1994, has declined over the same period. Utilities employment averaged 580,800 in 2003.
Annual employment of nonsupervisory workers in transportation and warehousing was 3,152,800 in 1994 and grew to 3,753,200 in 2000. Employment of nonsupervisory workers in transportation and warehousing averaged 3,555,500 in 2003. In utilities, employment of nonsupervisory workers was 540,900 in 1994. Nonsupervisory workers in utilities averaged 466,700 in 2003.
Annual averages of the average weekly hours of nonsupervisory workers in transportation and warehousing were 36.8 in 2003; in utilities, average weekly hours were 41.1 in 2003. Average weekly hours in both sectors were above the 2003 private industry average of 33.7 for production and nonsupervisory workers.
In 2003, the average hourly earnings of nonsupervisory workers in transportation and warehousing were $16.25. In utilities, nonsupervisory workers' average hourly earnings were $24.76. In all private industry, production and nonsupervisory workers earned an average of $15.35.
Current Population Survey data show that in 2003, the unemployment rate of persons most recently employed in transportation and utilities was 5.3 percent. The overall unemployment rate was 6.0 percent that year.
Data from the Mass Layoff Statistics program show that in 2002
in transportation and warehousing, there were 338 extended mass layoff events, resulting in 82,065 separations of workers from their jobs, and 74,950 initial claimants for unemployment insurance;
in utilities, there were 19 extended mass layoff events, 3,390 separations, and 2,722 initial claimants.
Employment Projections data indicate that transportation and warehousing employment will increase 21.7 percent over the 2002-12 period. Utilities employment is expected to decrease by 5.7 percent over the same period. Total employment for all industry sectors is projected to grow 14.8 percent.
The Productivity and Costs program publishes estimates of labor productivity for selected transportation and warehousing and utilities industries.
The Producer Price Index program publishes data for many industries in the transportation and warehousing, and utilities sectors.
In 2003, there were 805 fatal occupational injuries in transportation and warehousing, and 32 fatal occupational injuries in utilities; there were 295,700 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in transportation and warehousing, and 24,500 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in utilities, according to data from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. In transportation and warehousing, the nonfatal injuries and illnesses incidence rate was 7.8 per 100 full-time workers; in utilities, the incidence rate was 4.4 per 100 full-time workers. The rate was 5.0 per 100 full-time workers in all private industry.
Some businesses in this industry are:
Air Traffic Control
Aircraft Weighing Systems
Airport Shuttle Service
Bus Transit Systems
Charter Bus Industry
Employee Bus Transportation
Marine Cargo Handling
Motor Vehicle Towing
Natural Gas Distribution
Packing and Crating
Port and Harbor Operations
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation
School Bus Transportation
Sewage Treatment Facilities
Special Needs Transportation
Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply
Warehousing and Storage
Water Supply and Irrigation Systems
Information courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.