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TABLE A-1 Labor Productivity of the For-Hire Transportation Industries: 1993-2003

TABLE A-1 Labor Productivity of the For-Hire Transportation Industries: 1993-2003

Labor productivity measures output per hour of labor and is a measure of the efficiency of with inputs are utilized.

Output per hour worked

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TABLE A-1 Labor Productivity of the For-Hire Transportation Industries: 1993-2003. If you are a user with disability and cannot view this image, use the table version. If you need further assistance, call 800-853-1351 or email
  NAICS categories (1997=100) SIC categories (1987=100)
Railroad Trucking, long distance Air Trucking, except local Bus carriers, Class I Petroleum pipeline
1993 86 95 85 127 109 104
1994 89 98 91 130 99 108
1995 92 95 95 125 110 116
1996 98 97 99 131 106 131
1997 100 100 100 132 125 134
1998 102 100 98 130 105 137
1999 106 99 98 132 135 145
2000 114 101 98 131 112 141
2001 122 102 92 U U U
2002 132 107 102 U U U
2003 142 109 112 U U U

KEY: U = data are unavailable.

NOTES: Output per hour worked is based on the number of paid hours. Labor productivity measures quality-adjusted ton- and passenger-miles per hour. Quality adjustment corrects for differences in services and handling, e.g., the difference between flying first class and coach or differences in the handling requirements and revenue generation of high- and low-value commodities. Railroad includes line-haul railroads primarily engaged in transportation of passengers and cargo over a long distance within a rail network. Trucking comprises establishments engaged in providing long-distance general freight trucking, usually between metropolitan areas that may cross North American country borders. Air includes establishments that provide scheduled and nonscheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo using aircraft, e.g., airplanes and helicopters.

These productivity measures capture railroad, long-distance trucking, and air transportation as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), whereas those for trucking except local, bus, and petroleum pipeline are defined by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. At the time this report was prepared, the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not have plans to continue estimating productivity measures for petroleum pipeline, trucking, and bus carriers because of a lack of reliable data.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industry Productivity, available at, as of August 2006.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017