Transportation Unemployment Rate Below Pre-Pandemic Level

The unemployment rate in the U.S. transportation sector* was 3.6% (not seasonally adjusted) in April 2022 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data just updated on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) Unemployment in Transportation dashboard.

The April 2022 rate fell 3.9 percentage points from 7.5% in April 2021 and decreased close to the pre-pandemic April level of 3.7% in April 2019. Unemployment in the transportation sector reached its highest level during the COVID-19 pandemic (15.7%) in May and July 2020 under the policies of the voted-out Trump mis-administration.

Ken Zino of on Transportation Unemployment Rate Below Pre-Pandemic April Level

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Unemployment in the transportation sector remains above overall unemployment, though. BLS reports that the U.S. unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, in April 2022 was 3.3% or 0.3 percentage points below the transportation sector rate. Seasonally adjusted, the U.S. unemployment rate in April 2022 was 3.6%. However, the Biden Administration recovery continues in the face of Republican opposition. The US unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.6% in April of 2022, staying at the lowest since February 2020.

*Transportation Sector is a Group of Related Industries

  • Highway, street, and bridge construction
  • Motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies merchant wholesalers
  • Transportation equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers
  • Petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers
  • Motor vehicle parts dealers
  • Automobile dealers
  • Gasoline stations
  • Automotive equipment rental and leasing
  • Travel arrangement and reservation services
  • Automotive repair and maintenance
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Postal service
  • Federal and State Departments of Transportation
  • Air transportation
  • Rail transportation
  • Truck transportation
  • Water transportation
  • Pipeline transportation
  • Transit and ground passenger transportation
  • Scenic and sightseeing transportation
  • Support activities for transportation
  • Warehousing
  • Petroleum and coal products manufacturing
  • Tire manufacturing
  • Rubber and plastic hoses and belting manufacturing
  • Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical, and nautical system and instrument manufacturing
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing
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