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Trade, Transportation and Utilities

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry engages in wholesaling and retailing merchandise, and transporting passengers and cargo. Wholesalers sell merchandise to other businesses and normally operate from a warehouse or office. Retailers sell merchandise to the general public for personal or household consumption, but some also serve business and institutional clients.

Transportation equipment or transportation related facilities are considered a productive asset. The type of equipment depends on the mode of transportation. The modes of transportation are air, rail, water, road, and pipeline.

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry subsectors in high-demand in the Houston-Galveston area are:

  • Wholesale Electronic Markets & Agents & Brokers
  • Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers
  • Automobile Dealers
  • Scheduled Air Transportation

 Industry 

 Annual
 Employment

 Absolute Change

 Percent Change

 Average Weekly Wages

 2014

 2024

 Trade, Transportation & Utilities

 100,840

 128,510

 27,670

 27.4%

 

Wholesale Electronic Markets & Agents & Brokers

21,880

29,960

8,080

36.9%

$2,560

 Machinery & Supply Merchant Wholesalers

 35,440

 44,970

 9,530

 26.9%

 $1,600

Automobile Dealers

25,760

31,410

5,650

21.9%

$1,187

Scheduled Air Transportation

17,760

22,170

4,410

24.8%

$2,124

 


*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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