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U.S. Transportation Sector Unemployment Rate Increases to 5.4% in February 2022; Remains Above Pre-Pandemic Level of 3.8% in February 2020

Friday, March 4, 2022

The unemployment rate in the U.S. transportation sector was 5.4% (not seasonally adjusted) in February 2022 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data recently updated on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) Unemployment in Transportation dashboard. The February 2022 rate fell 3.5 percentage points from 8.9% in February 2021 but remains above the pre-pandemic rate of 3.8% in February 2020. Unemployment in the transportation sector reached its highest level during the COVID-19 pandemic (15.7%) in May and July 2020.

The unemployment rate in the transportation sector is above overall unemployment. BLS reports that the U.S. unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, in February 2022 was 4.1% or 1.3 percentage points below the transportation sector rate. Seasonally adjusted, the U.S. unemployment rate in February 2022 was 3.8%.




In addition to the update of the Unemployment in Transportation dashboard, BTS also released its monthly update to its Employment in Transportation: Total, by Mode, and Women, and Race and Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity of Transportation Workers dashboards.

Charts Updated this Month by Section include:

Unemployment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector and in Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

Monthly Employment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector, Establishment Data

Monthly Employment in the Transportation and Warehousing Sector by Race and Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity, Household Data

Visit Transportation Economic Trends for more topics.