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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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Trucking sets revenue record in 2014, eclipsing $700 billion and hauling 70% of U.S. freight

The trucking industry brought in a record $700.4 billion in revenue in 2014, according to a report released this week by the American Trucking Associations.

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1,900 trucking jobs added in April; U.S. unemployment rate at 7-year low

The for-hire trucking industry added 1,900 jobs in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly employment report, released May 8, making up some ground lost in March.

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Reefer, van, flatbed all see rate increases in March

That’s the first across-the-board rate increase since June 2014 and at least a temporary bright spot in an otherwise rocky 8-month period, with gross rates largely trending downward in that time period and gains built up prior erased.

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