Freight Transport Employment Expanded in April

Freight Transport Employment Expanded in April

The transportation and warehousing industries appear to have added jobs between March and April, while public transportation job losses shrank the total industry employment by 16,600.

The job loss contributed to a worse-than-expected report of total U.S. employment, with the nation adding only 115,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, the lowest rate since January 2009.

The brunt of the job in the transportation and warehousing industries was through the cutting of 11,000 jobs in the transit and ground passenger transportation sector. Dips in the employment of couriers and messengers, and scenic and sightseeing transportation also contributed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The truck transportation sector added 1,800 jobs between March and April, while the rail transportation sector added 300 workers. The air transportation sector expanded by 1,300 workers, and warehousing and storage employment grew by 800 workers.

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