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Table 3 Transportation and the U.S. Economy

Table 3
Transportation and the U.S. Economy

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In relation to GDP 2001
Overall GDP (trillions of dollars) 10.05
Transportation related goods and services purchases (trillions of dollars) (1) 1.05
Transportation's share of GDP (percent) 10.4%
In relation to employment (millions) 2002
Total U.S. occupational employment 127.5
Total transportation 19.9
Transportation and related-industries 10.7
For-hire transportation industry, total 4.4
Equipment manufacturing (transportation only) 1.7
Other related industries (e.g., automotive repair, service stations, car dealers, auto supplies, and highway contruction) 4.5
Transportation occupations in nontransportation industries (e.g., truck drivers employed by retail and grocery chain and wholesale shipping clerk) 9.2
Transportation and related jobs' share of total labor force (percent) 15.6%

(1) Includes all consumer and government purchases of goods (e.g., vehicles and fuel) and services (e.g., auto insurance) and exports related to transportation.

NOTE: "For-hire transportation industry," "Equipment manufacturing," and "Related industries" data are based on the Standard Industrial Classification.

SOURCE: GDP data from U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Survey of Current Business, October 2002. Employment data from various sources, as cited in USDOT, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics (NTS) 2002,Table 3-19, available at; and NTS 2003 online version.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017