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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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Trade, Transportation and Utilities Overview Women in the Workforce

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The trade, transportation and utilities industry sells merchandise at wholesale and retail, transports passengers and cargo and provides utility services. The industry, sometimes called a “super sector,” thus comprises four distinct sectors — retail trade, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing and utilities.

In 2016, trade, transportation and utilities contributed $317.3 billion to Texas’ GDP. Women account for 40 percent of the state’s 2.4 million jobs in this industry.

Quick Facts

  • Trade, transportation and utilities contributed $317.3 billion to state GDP in 2016, nearly 20 percent of the total state GDP.
  • Wholesale trade accounted for the largest share of GDP — $126.4 billion.
  • The industry had more than 2.4 million jobs in 2017, 20 percent of all Texas jobs.
  • Retail trade had the largest share of jobs in the industry, at 55 percent.
  • Between 2010 and 2017, the industry added nearly 380,000 positions, with the most growth in retail trade (more than 190,000 jobs).

Average regional multipliers for trade, transportation and utilities were used to estimate how an initial introduction of economic input in the industry, in the form of sales, jobs or earnings, affect the greater Texas economy. These multipliers capture “indirect” effects on industries that supply goods and services to the industry as well as “induced” effects on industries that sell local goods and services — such as housing, food or entertainment — to workers in the trade, transportation and utilities industry and its suppliers (Exhibit 1).1

Exhibit 1: Average Type 2 Multipliers for Trade, Transportation and Utilities

Description Sales Jobs* Earnings
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 2.32 2.78 2.39
Utilities 2.11 4.84 2.56
Wholesale Trade 2.3 2.87 2.33
Retail Trade 2.35 1.94 2.32
Transportation and Warehousing 2.38 3.15 2.5

*The multiplier effect in this analysis is applicable to any worker in the trade, transportation and utilities industry and does not differentiate effects by gender.

Sources: Emsi and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Industry Jobs

For every 100 jobs created, an additional 178 jobs are created or affected in all other industries within the Texas economy.

Industry Sales

For every $1 million in sales, an additional $1.32 million in sales are generated in all other industries within the Texas economy.

Industry Earnings

For every $1 million in earnings generated, an additional $1.39 million in earnings are generated by all other industries within the Texas economy.

The multiplier effects for each sector within the industry vary, particularly in job effects. The utilities sector has the highest jobs multiplier within the industry — for every 100 jobs created in the utilities sector, an additional 384 are created or affected in all other industries of the Texas economy.

Texas Women in Trade, Transportation and Utilities

In 2017, women held nearly 985,000 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities (Exhibit 2). Those 985,000 jobs generate additional business activities that ultimately support about 1.8 million jobs in all other industries of the Texas economy.2

Exhibit 2: Trade, Transportation and Utilities Jobs, 2017
Description NAICS Code* 2017 Total Jobs 2010 to 2017 Change Avg. Annual Earnings Per Job** 2017 Women’s Jobs Women's Share of Jobs Location Quotient (Women)***
Utilities 22 49,965 1,665 $147,695 13,312 27% 1.13
Wholesale Trade 42 581,902 84,503 $91,532 174,618 30% 0.97
Retail Trade 44-45 1,326,367 190,231 $36,603 662,735 50% 0.99
Transportation and Warehousing 48-49 474,961 103,423 $73,131 134,287 28% 1.02
Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Total 22, 42, 44-45, 48-49 2,433,195 379,822 $59,151 984,953 40%  

*The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the federal system used to classify business establishments for statistical purposes.
**Based on total jobs in the industry including both genders. Earning include salaries, wages, benefits and other compensation.
***Location quotient (LQ) indicates the relative concentration of women in these jobs in Texas versus in the nation as a whole. The higher the LQ value, the more “concentrated” women’s employment is in Texas.

Sources: Emsi and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Subsectors

Retail Trade

The retail trade sector produces the most employment in this industry, accounting for 55 percent of the total (1,326,367 jobs). Note, however, that the sector has high numbers of part-time and seasonal jobs from year to year. The sector has changed rapidly within the last decade, with the rise of convenience shopping and e-commerce.

Of all Texas women working in trade, transportation and utilities, 67 percent (662,735) work in retail trade. Women hold half of all jobs in Texas’ retail trade sector.

Within retail trade, the general merchandise stores subsector has the highest number of jobs held by women — 179,188 or 39 percent. Women hold the highest share of total jobs (72 percent) in the clothing and clothing accessory stores subsector with 86,498 jobs.

Wholesale Trade

Wholesalers typically sell merchandise to other businesses, governments and institutions rather than the general public.

In 2017, women held 174,618 of Texas jobs in wholesale trade, accounting for 30 percent of the total. Women held the highest number of jobs within wholesalers of durable goods (90,786), accounting for 28 percent of total jobs. Women held the highest share of jobs (37 percent) within wholesale electronic markets and agents and brokers, 28,740 jobs.

Transportation and Warehousing

Transportation and warehousing sector transports passengers and cargo and provides warehousing and storage for goods.

Based on location quotient (LQ), a measure of employment concentration in a given area, the concentration of transportation and warehousing jobs held by Texas women was slightly higher (1.02) than the national concentration in 2017.

The warehousing and storage subsector had the highest number of jobs held by women — 32,358, 41 percent of all jobs. Air transportation had the highest share of jobs held by women, at 42 percent or 25,871 jobs. Women hold only 16 percent of jobs in truck transportation, the largest subsector within transportation and warehousing by employment.

Utilities

Utilities, the smallest sector within trade, transportation and utilities, provides electric power, natural gas, steam and water as well as sewage removal.

The concentration of utilities jobs held by Texas women was slightly higher than the national concentration, based on an LQ of 1.13. In 2017, the largest number of women were employed in the electric power generation, transmission and distribution subsector, with 9,828 jobs (27 percent of the total). Women held the highest share of jobs in water, sewage and other systems,at 29 percent (1,768 jobs).

Earnings Growth

From 2010 to 2016, average monthly earnings of women increased in all four sectors of trade, transportation and utilities. Women working in wholesale trade saw their earnings increase the most, by 20 percent over the period (Exhibit 3). Women working utilities had the highest average monthly earning in 2016 ($5,483). On average, Texas women in retail trade, wholesale trade and transportation and warehousing earned $2,294, $5,090 and $3,867 per month, respectively.

Exhibit 3: Growth in Average Monthly Earnings of Texas Women in Trade, Transportation and Utilities (Indexed from 2010)

Industry 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Utilities 0% 2% 7% 8% 8% 25% 15%
Wholesale Trade 0% 4% 9% 10% 15% 18% 20%
Retail Trade 0% 2% 5% 7% 11% 14% 15%
Transportation and Warehousing 0% 4% 8% 9% 12% 19% 13%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Quarterly Workforce Indicators


Conclusion

Texas women working in trade, transportation and utilities generate additional business activities that ultimately support about 1.8 million jobs in other industries throughout the state economy. Texas has a higher concentration of women working in the transportation and warehousing and utilities sectors than in the nation. Retail trade, however, has the highest number of jobs held by women.


End Notes

  1. The multipliers used in this analysis are averages of the Emsi Input-Output Model’s regional Type 2 earnings, sales and jobs multipliers for all six-digit NAICS categories within the trade, transportation and utilities industry and its sectors. The Comptroller’s office acknowledges that averaging multipliers introduces aggregation bias. This is a general approximation of multiplier effects on the trade, transportation and utilities industry. For a more precise analysis of multiplier effects, analyze each six-digit NAICS category in the sector industry and its respective multipliers.

    A direct effect is directly related to the production of the good or service of the industry in question. Indirect effects are generated in the businesses that supply goods and services to the industry that aid in the production of the good or service. Spending directly and indirectly generated incomes in the broader economy in turn creates induced effects.

    Using the utilities sector in an example, direct jobs would include the number of workers in utilities. The jobs of a computer wholesaler that supplies the utilities sector are indirect jobs. The jobs of restaurant workers that serve the government utilities and computer wholesaler workers lunch are induced.

  2. The jobs multiplier effect mentioned is based solely on the number of jobs held by women.

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