Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Sector Description

The NORA Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (TWU) super sector grouping includes two parts: the NAICSExternal 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 2013

Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities NAICS Employment 2013
(% of total TWU)
Fatality rate per 100,000 FTE
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 6,365,000 (84%) 12.1
Air Transportation 481 544,000 (7%) 4.4
Couriers and Messengers 492 676,000 (9%) 4.3
Pipeline Transportation 486 56,000 (1%) 1.8
Postal Service 491 666,000 (9%) 3.0
Rail Transportation 482 287,000 (4%) 4.9
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation 487 29,000 (<=1%) 20.8
Support Activities for Transportation 488 893,000 (12%) 8.7
Transit and Ground Passenger
485 721,000 (9%) 10.5
Truck Transportation 484 1,972,000 (26%) 25.0
Water Transportation 483 77,000 (1%) 18.2
Warehousing and Storage 493 445,000 (6%) 3.8
Utilities 22 1,244,000 (16%) 3.2


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 & 22External).

The Industry at a GlanceExternal 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.

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments, contact the NORA Coordinator or Sector Coordinator:

Sidney C. Soderholm, PhD
NORA Coordinator
Karl Sieber, PhD
TWU Sector Program Coordinator
Page last reviewed: November 24, 2014 (archived document)