New regulations will increase truck cost, owner-operator pay expected to rise, natural gas trucks catching on and other industry news items are featured.
Compared to July 2010, trucking employment is up by 43,000 positions, or 3.5 percent.
Revised numbers show a 3,000-job increase in May and 4,400 positions added in June.
The industry added a mere 100 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis.
Payroll employment at for-hire trucking companies in March was 40,000 jobs higher than in March 2010.
If the numbers hold, the increase in trucking jobs would be the largest one-month surge since December 1990.
Trucking companies added 2,600 new employees on a seasonally adjusted basis in December on top of an upward revision in the November estimate.
Since the beginning of March, trucking companies have added 15,900 jobs, according to the latest numbers.
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