Transportation sector gains 16,400 jobs in May

The transportation sector gained 16,400 jobs in May as the national unemployment rate remained steady at 6.3 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,599,600 jobs in transportation in May, compared to 4,583,200 in April. 

The jump was part of a 217,000 increase in overall jobs in May, the labor department said.

The transportation sector with the highest employment increase was “support activities for transportation,” which gained 5,500 jobs in May. The sector had 613,400 jobs in May, compared to 607,900 in April.

The biggest drops in employment in the transportation sector took place in the transit and ground passenger transportation and pipeline industries, which both lost 400 jobs last month. The categories had 451,100 and 45,200 jobs in May respectively, which was down from 451,500 and 45,600 in April.

The airline industry gained 1,500 jobs in May, going from 456,600 in April to 455,100 last month.

Long-distance and freight rail companies lost 100 jobs, going from 233,800 in May to 233,900 last month. 

The full May jobs report can be read here.