The U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, but few were in transportation.
Employment in transportation and warehousing was almost flat in June, dropping one-tenth of a percent from May and almost three-tenths of a percent from its most recent peak in April, according to preliminary employment data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The transportation and warehouse operators surveyed by the BLS employed about 4.5 million workers last month, a 1.3 percent improvement from June 2012. Employment dropped slightly in aviation and the trucking industry and was essentially flat in maritime and the rail and warehousing industries.
Employment rose in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care and financial activities, the BLS said. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent, and 11.8 million people were unemployed. Those numbers have changed little since February.
Trucking employment dropped 0.25 percent from May and rose 2.3 percent from June 2012. That compares with a 2.8 percent year-over-year increase in May and a 3.4 percent jump in April.