The cargo-train industry has been an important driver of the American economy since the early days of the nation’s independence.
The country’s economy was in dire straits when it was founded in 1776.
A new shipbuilding industry, the steamboat industry, came into operation in the 1870s and the first transcontinental railroad opened in 1877.
Today, nearly half of the country’s GDP is shipped in freight, with more than 70% of its freight traffic being on trains.
A report released last month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the country has the highest number of companies that ship freight by train.
The BLS found that the nation shipped $1.08 trillion in goods in 2016, an increase of 3.5% from 2015.
The data is based on the BLS’s National Rail Passenger Corporation and the BNSF Railway, the largest freight railroad in the country.
The report also showed that the number of people employed in the industry increased by more than 400,000 from 2016 to 2017, to about 10.5 million people.