Three indicators of the trucking economy's current state and potential future trends show slightly mixed readings this week.
The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 0.6 percent in August from July, declining after a one-month rise.
For-hire trucking companies added 700 payroll jobs in September on a seasonally adjusted basis as the overall U.S. economy added 114,000 nonfarm jobs.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following three consecutive months of slight contraction.
ATA's For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index shrunk 0.9 percent in August but is still up
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry is 53.0, up from the August index of 50.2, reflecting increased optimism.
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