Transportation Job Market is Hot on, Mirroring ADP Report

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The trade, transportation, and utilities sector posted strong job gains in March, adding 22,000 new jobs, according to the latest ADP jobs report released Wednesday. The growth in the transportation job market expansion mirrored employment trends on, a leading site for aviation industry jobs.

The latest employment data suggests that the aviation industry may be experiencing a turnaround.

Private sector employment rose in March, adding 158,000 jobs, according to the ADP jobs report released Wednesday. Job gains were strong in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector, which added 22,000 jobs. These trends mirrored employment growth in the aviation industry, based on hiring data from

The U.S. job market continued to improve in March, based on the latest ADP National Employment Report. Total nonfarm private employment added 158,000 jobs last month, representing another consecutive month of job gains. On an industry level, the trade, transportation, and utilities sector posted strong numbers, adding 22,000 jobs in March.

Growth in the transportation industry was mirrored by job trends found on, a leading job site for aviation-related employment. Much of the demand was on the operational and maintenance side, especially for mechanics and engineers. At the time of this release, the site listed 344 avionics engineer jobs, 565 aviation mechanic jobs, and 199 aviation maintenance jobs. There was also considerable demand for employees with managerial-level experience, with 263 openings for aviation managers available.

The job trends were much-welcomed for an industry that has been beset by a decline in air travel, significant losses, and, most recently, high profile mergers. The aviation industry as a whole has been dealt a series of setbacks and massive losses for over a decade, starting in 2001, when the 9/11 terrorist attacks left many Americans hesitant to fly on commercial flights. During the recent economic downturn, airlines again saw their numbers dip as budget-conscious individuals and families were often quick to cut down on expensive air travel. Business travelers, a traditionally steady source of revenue for airlines, sought out alternative, less expensive options, like traveling by car or train. The latest employment data suggests that the aviation industry may be experiencing a turnaround.

“Many experts predict that recent mergers between some of the industry’s biggest players will actually increase efficiency and make some of these airlines profitable,” said Harrison Barnes, CEO of “This in turn will strengthen the industry as a whole, which will result in both keeping costs down, better service for consumers, and job growth. Everybody wins.”

About AviationCrossing is a job search site based in Pasadena, CA. It is a part of the Employment Research Institute and owned by A. Harrison Barnes.

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