Economy

Modest proposal: $65/hour, fair detention rate to protect small biz

| November 27, 2012

A reader sees a need for mandatory detention pay to protect the small business trucking life from the continuing encroachment of big-business competition and government regulation in the form of tightening hours and EOBRs.

Indicators: Surface trade, truck orders, others improve

| November 09, 2012

The week's highlights in potential economic indicators all show positive growth for both the trucking economy and the U.S. economy as a whole.

Pay trends, part 1: Near-term forecast mixed

| October 15, 2012

While industry analysts say rising owner-operator compensation for both leased drivers and independents is on a slow rise, anecdotal reports and some polls suggest otherwise.

Cummins to shut down facilities, reduce work force

| October 10, 2012

Cummins says it's responding to a weak global economy by cutting costs while maintaining investments in growth programs with planned work week reductions, shutdowns at some manufacturing facilities and some targeted work force reductions.

Hot Button: Truckers’ choice for President

| September 12, 2012

Sixty-six percent of Overdrive readers participating in our 2012 presidential election poll favored Mitt Romney as their candidate of choice.

Manufacturing index contracts in July

| August 01, 2012

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in July for the second time since July 2009.

Freedom drives prosperity, economist tells fleet execs

| June 14, 2012

Speaking to attendees of the inaugural Great West Fleet Executive Conference in Vegas on Wednesday, noted economist Dr. Barry Asmus gave an enthusiastic endorsement of American exceptionalism and the importance of maintaining freedom and limited ...

The owner-operator: Takes a lickin’, still tickin’

| May 11, 2012

Looking at the overall need for owner-operators, their health tracks freight demand.

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