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Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Sector Description

The NORA Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (TWU) super sector grouping includes two parts: the NAICS Transportation and Warehousing Sector and the Utilities Sector. The Transportation sub-sectors include industries providing transportation of passengers and cargo; scenic and sightseeing transportation; and support activities related to modes of transportation. The Warehousing sub-sector includes industries providing warehousing and storage of goods. The Utilities sub-sector comprises establishments engaged in providing, servicing, and distributing; electric power; natural gas; steam supply; water supply; and sewage removal. The TWU super sector represents 5.1% of the U.S. workforce across the ten NORA sectors. The following table represents the employment and fatality information for the TWU super sector.

Employment and Establishment Numbers for 2012

Transportation, Warehousing, and UtilitiesNAICSEmployment 2012
(% of total TWU)
Fatality rate per 100,000 FTE
Transportation and Warehousing48-496,079,000 (84%)12.9
Air Transportation481559,000 (8%)5.9
Couriers and Messengers492670,000 (9%)4.2
Pipeline Transportation48659,000 (1%)-
Postal Service491704,000 (10%)3.1
Rail Transportation482254,000 (3%)6.7
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation48737,000 (1%)16.0
Support Activities for Transportation488844,000 (12%)9.5
Transit and Ground Passenger
485696,000 (10%)10.2
Truck Transportation4841,782,000 (25%)28.1
Water Transportation48357,000 (1%)24.8
Warehousing and Storage493417,000 (6%)2.9
Utilities221,189,000 (16%)3.1


U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Current Population Survey (CPS):
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),Data Tools, Workplace Injuries, Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Fatal Injuries Profiles:

*Employment estimates for the Warehousing and Storage sub-sector differ between the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey and the Survey of Occupational Injury and Illness datasets.

For more information about the NORA Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities sector grouping, see the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Web site (Codes 48-49 & 22).

The Industry at a Glance profile from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed information about employment, wages, productivity, and occupational outlook for each sector in the NAICS Trade, Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities Super sector, which includes the sectors in the NORA Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities sector grouping.

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