The United States transportation sector is floundering as employment across the nation in the industry is falling, shown clearly by a loss of jobs in June and government action putting further jobs at risk.
Transportation lost about 5,100 jobs in June, falling from 4.461 million to 4.4568 million month-over-month, according to The Hill. While support activity hiring increased by 3,200 jobs, losses in transit and ground transportation including buses fell by almost 6,000, from 468,600 to 462,900 jobs.
Additionally, the aviation industry's loss of 800 jobs and 200 jobs being shed by rail companies, further impacted the sector's chances for hiring in the near future.
In addition, the Pennsylvania state legislature failed to approve an increase in transportation funding, which will result in the loss of 12,000 jobs across the state, according to Lehigh Valley Business. The 12,000 jobs lost are accompanied by news that plans to create 50,000 additional jobs in industries including road construction will not be followed through.
Pitched proposals to increase the state's funding all fell, which the Department of Transportation said will further affect the state negatively as construction cannot be made on structurally deficient bridges.