Industries at a Glance

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

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About the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities supersector

The trade, transportation, and utilities supersector is part of the service-providing industries supersector group.

The trade, transportation, and utilities supersector consists of these sectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in trade, transportation, and utilities. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, job openings and labor turnover, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Openings, Hires, and Separations

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May
2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014
Aug.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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26,329 26,391 (P) 26,439 (P) 26,440

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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22,244 22,301 (P) 22,322 (P) 22,323

Job openings, hires, and separations (in thousands)

Job openings

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736 780 (P) 902

Hires

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1,136 1,097 (P) 1,107

Separations

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969 974 (P) 1,079

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates in trade, transportation, and utilities, see the Employment and projected employment by major industry sector table.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jul.
2014
Aug.
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Average hourly earnings

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$21.40 $21.40 (P) $21.41 (P) $21.49

Average weekly hours

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34.5 34.4 (P) 34.4 (P) 34.5

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Aug.
2014

Average hourly earnings

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$18.25 $18.27 (P) $18.27 (P) $18.37

Average weekly hours

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33.6 33.6 (P) 33.5 (P) 33.6

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014
2nd quarter
2014

12-month percent change

Total compensation

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2.1% 2.7% 2.3% 2.5%

Wages and salaries

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2.0% 2.7% 2.2% 2.6%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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Compensation component
($ per hour worked)
Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

Total compensation

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25.11 100.0

Wages and salaries

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17.66 70.3

Total benefits

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7.45 29.7

Insurance

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2.27 9.0

Retirement

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0.90 3.6

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in trade, transportation, and utilities. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

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Fatalities

Number of fatalities

1,234 1,297 1,297 (P) 1,206

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.1 3.9 3.9

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.4 2.3 2.3

Cases involving days away from work

1.4 1.3 1.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.1 1.0 1.0

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in trade, transportation, and utilities.

Establishments

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2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013
4th quarter
2013
1st quarter
2014

Number of establishments

Private industry

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1,896,014 1,902,319 1,904,791 (P) 1,910,134

Local government

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11,812 11,829 11,819 (P) 11,857

State government

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995 996 994 (P) 995

Federal government

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30,588 30,482 30,422 (P) 30,367

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

Data extracted on: October 01, 2014

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