Economy

Hot Button: What would be the No. 1 effect of a wide owner-operator shutdown?

| September 27, 2013

Opinion on the potential effects resulting from a wide shutdown has varied widely among Overdrive readers -- from a solid negative for truckers' public image to political leverage on regs.

Carriers who pursue volume-only goal in competition are dampening good rate environment

| July 26, 2013

To many carriers "seem to want to compete this way. And who gets hurt? Drivers, small businesses, people all throughout the industry."

Carrier survey shows mixed rate, volume outlook

| June 25, 2013

Smaller carriers slightly more pessimistic on volume than large carriers; a majority of all carriers are expecting rate increases over the next year.

These nine factory sectors are hot

| May 02, 2013

The Institute for Supply Management's April survey shows that economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded last month for the fifth consecutive month.

POLL: Has your income improved over the last year?

| April 17, 2013

Vote in this poll probing economic improvement for owner-operators over the last year. Is your business doing better?

Trucking employment continues to gain

| January 04, 2013

The December employment report released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows trucking added 4,200 jobs.

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.

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