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Figure 5 Increases in U.S. Commercial Freight Shipments and Related Growth Factors: 1993-2002*

Figure 5
Increases in U.S. Commercial Freight Shipments and Related Growth Factors: 1993-2002*

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  1993-2002 (Percent Change)
Resident population 10.8
Employment 13.5
Tons of freight 18.4
Ton-miles of freight 23.8
Manufacturer's goods sales 28.3
Gross Domestic Product 33.9
Value of freight shipments 45.3
Wholesale goods sales 51.3
Retail goods sales 61.8

KEY: * 2002 data used in these calculations are preliminary.

NOTE: The value of freight shipments, manufacturer's sales, wholesale trade sales, retail trade sales, and gross domestic product are based on inflation-adjusted chained 2000 dollars. The value, tons, and ton-miles data in this Table include the Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimates of out-of-scope missing pieces. These estimates cover logging, farm-based truck shipments, truck imports from Canada and Mexico, rail imports from Canada and Mexico, air cargo imports and exports, water imports and exports, and pipeline crude and petroleum products shipments.
These estimates exclude other out-of-scope categories of goods movements for which no reasonable basis for an estimate currently exists including, government shipments, service sector, retail sector, construction sector, transportation service providers, household goods movement, and municipal solid waste.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Value, tons, and ton-miles are based on 1993 and preliminary 2002 Commodity Flow Survey data plus additional estimates from Bureau of Transportation Statistics. GDP chained dollars -- U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Economic Accounts, Gross Domestic Product, Current-Dollar and "Real" GDP.
Available at:, as of October 2003. Employment, total --Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Current Population Survey," data query, available at:, as of Jan. 5, 2004. Wholesale and retail trade sales -- U.S. Census Bureau, "Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey," available at:, as of Jan. 5, 2004.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017