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2015 picking up? July tonnage nearly hits all-time high, base rates continue climb

Following 2014's trucking boom — when freight and rates took off, truck orders set records and the industry saw some of the best economic times for carriers since the '08-'09 recession — 2015 has been a little disappointing, at least by some measures. Expectation gap? Could be. Especially if the expectation was for 2015 to pick up where 2014 left off. Truck orders fell off in the first half of the year, rates have been tumbling (though ...

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Rates sag in July in line with seasonal trends, cheaper diesel

The declines, typical for July, may not reflect market rate conditions as much as they do lower fuel surcharges corresponding with lower fuel prices. Either way, here's a look at the latest figures from Truckstop.com.

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Trucking industry gains another 2,800 jobs in July, nears nine-year employment high

This is the second month in a row that for-hire trucking employment hit a more than eight-year high, with last month topping January 2007’s employment total for the first time since.

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Rates mostly flat in June as van retains negotiating leverage and flatbed inches up

Paid rates on the spot market were stable in June compared to the month prior, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com, with dry van and flatbed rates creeping up and reefer rates inching down.

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Next recession could hit as early as late 2016, say analysts

FTR Associates' "state of freight" seminar/Q&A reflected readers' recent suggestions that owner-operators ought to start the belt-tightening now to prepare for a cyclical economic downturn -- starting as early as late 2016.

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Trucking hits record employment following big job gains in June

For-hire trucking employment now totals 1.4585 million.

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Rates continue to trend positively in all three truckload segments

Posted rates on the spot market in May shot upwards in all three segments, according to Truckstop.com, and paid rates — averages from verified rates paid to carriers on spot market loads — continued to either trend in carriers' favor.

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Trucking adds another 8,600 jobs, could hit 8-year employment high this month

The for-hire trucking industry's employment numbers in May rallied following two months of slow or no growth, adding 8,600 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. Don't look now, but next month's data could hold the highest trucking employment total in nearly a decade.

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Freight volumes: Up last week on the spot market in spite of falling economic conditions

All the same, economist Noel Perry of FTR and Truckstop.com sounded some sour notes on economic outlook in the weekly Trans4Cast newsletter on spot freight trends and more.

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Another look at April rates: Spot market rates in all three segments tilt toward carriers (with charts)

Posted rates on the spot market in April didn’t continue the upward trend seen in March, according to the latest data from Truckstop.com, but paid rates — the actual amount paid to carriers after negotiation with brokers and shippers — climbed in all three segments in the month.

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