Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economic Quiz
On the Road Again
1. Truck drivers endure one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In fact, in 2002, 808 of the nation’s 3.2 million truck drivers were killed on the job, the highest number of any occupation. What percentage of all workers killed on the job that year were truckers?
2. The busiest land border crossing for commercial trucks in the United States is Detroit, Michigan, where in 2002 some 1.7 million trucks entered the country. Although the traffic is a little lighter in New England, Maine and Vermont still see a fair share of international trucking. Which New England port has the most inbound commercial trucks pass through each year?
Highgate Springs, VT
Derby Line, VT
3. The Bureau of the Census divides general freight truckers into two categories: local and long-distance. Roughly a quarter of truckers ply short-run, local delivery routes, but for the three-quarters who work long-haul trips, sometimes a very long commute is in order. What is the longest single road in the US that a trucker could travel?
4. At first blush, it may not seem that the trucking industry contributes that much to the nation’s total output of goods and services (GDP)—yet the simple moving of goods around does add significant value and is critical to the infrastructure of almost every American industry. In fact, only one of the following industries generated more output value than did trucking in 2001. Can you guess which one?
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Economic quiz written by: Brad Hershbein - February 2004
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