SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, we’re excited to share that in the United States, driver and delivery partners using the Uber app took home more than $12.9 billion last year. This amount represents all money earned by Uber’s driver and delivery partners, net of service fees using the Uber Driver App.
A recent study by the Economic Development Research Group (EDRG) measured the full economic impact of Uber in the U.S., the first study of its kind to examine the economic impact of ridesharing. For an in-depth look at Uber’s economic impact, find the study at http://t.uber.com/economic-impact.
The study found that Uber’s activities support $17 billion of gross domestic product in the U.S.:
- The net impact of Uber on the United States national economy is $591 million.
- Altogether, 12% of Uber trips in the United States are for business travel.
- Overall, 11.6% of Uber trips in United States are taken by international visitors, and 26.7% of visitors report spending more during their trip because Uber enabled them to visit additional locations.
- When asked about their most recent trip, 9.5% of respondents said they used the app to connect to a bus or rail line. Another 12.6% said their most recent trip involved a connection to an airport.
- Nearly a quarter (23%) of drivers nationwide were unemployed prior to driving with Uber.
- Another 14% of Uber trips in the United States were reported to allow riders to visit destinations they could not access without Uber.
- The value of driver benefits is $5.7 billion annually. The importance of schedule flexibility is significant and is the most commonly reported amenity benefit for drivers: 80% cite the importance of schedule flexibility offered by the Uber app.
- Overall, 87% of drivers also earn income from other sources.
To read EDRG’s full economic impact report, click here.
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Economic Development Research Group (EDR Group) is a firm dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in economic evaluation and analysis to support planning and policy in the areas of transportation, energy resources, urban development, and economic growth strategy.