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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:

  • Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Automobile Dealers
  • Scheduled Air Transportation
  • Deep Sea, Coastal, & Great Lakes Water Transportation
  • Inland Water Transportation
  • General Freight Trucking
  • Specialized Freight Trucking
  • Support Activities for Air Transportation
  • Support Activities for Rail Transportation
  • Support Activities for Water Transportation
  • Support Activities for Road Transportation
  • Freight Transportation Arrangement
  • Other Support Activities for Transportation
  • Warehousing & Storage

 Industry 

 Annual
 Employment

 Absolute Change

 Percent Change

 Average Weekly Wages

 2016

 2026

 Trade, Transportation & Utilities

 150,853

 179,720

 28,867

 19.1%

 

Machinery, Equipment, & Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

31,826

38,866

7,040

22.1%

$1,745

 Automobile Dealers

28,501

 34,462

 5,961

 20.9%

 $1,181

Scheduled Air Transportation

18,980

21,229

2,249

11.8%

$2,413

Deep Sea, Coastal, & Great Lakes Water Transportation

1,826

2,030

204

11.2%

$2,341

Inland Water Transportation

2,404

2,746

342

14.2%

$2,185

General Freight Trucking

13,998

15,918

1,920

13.7%

$1,031

Specialized Freight Trucking

10,685

12,584

1,899

17.8%

$2,116

Support Activities for Air Transportation

3,460

3,805

345

10.0%

$1,270

Support Activities for Rail Transportation

2,210

2,688

478

21.6%

$997

Support Activities for Water Transportation

9,412

11,419

2,007

21.3%

$1,023

Support Activities for Road Transporation

2,312

2,651

339

14.7%

$1,021

Freight Transportation Arrangement

9,904

12,192

2,288

23.1%

$1,542

Other Support Activities for Transportation

1,173

1,278

105

9.0%

$1,955

Warehousing & Storage

14,162

17,852

3,690

26.1%

$949

 


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

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