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Trucking dropped 3,600 jobs in September, Labor Dept. says

The transportation and warehousing sector as a whole lost 9,000 jobs in September. Manufacturing lost 13,000 jobs, while the construction industry added 23,000 jobs. The retail trade sector added 22,000 jobs.

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Progressive Insurance releases tool aimed to help bring more drivers into trucking

Progressive's New Trucker's Playbook walks potential truckers through the process of becoming a truck driver from getting a CDL to obtaining MC and USDOT numbers to getting the right insurance.

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Comment period opens for proposed CSA changes, FMCSA hosting Q&A sessions

the main changes available for preview include lowering intervention thresholds for some SMS categories, raising the threshold in one BASIC and making the Hazmat BASIC public. The agency also has proposed upping the minimum number of crashes needed before registering a Crash Indicator BASIC ranking.

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R.I.’s trucks-only toll plan approved by DOT, truck group vows to continue fight

The tolls will be used to reconstruct or replace 34 bridges. "The trucking industry remains unified and resolute in its fight against this policy," said R.I.'s trucking association. "We will use every resource and tactic available to us to win in the political, legal and commerce arenas."

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Van, flatbed rates flat in September, reefer rates tumble

Per-mile rates on the spot market remain well below levels seen in 2014 and 2015, as diesel prices fell off and freight slowed.

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Where the drivers are — Job application density by state, 2008-2015

These interactive driver population heat maps show the total CDL-holding driver applicants per capita, by resident state of the applicant, incoming to BestDriverJobs.com and network sites. Change in the maps between 2008-15 illustrate economic ups and downs affecting trucking over those years.

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DOT wants zero traffic deaths within next 30 years, announces ‘Road to Zero’ coalition

Road to Zero partners hope to accelerate the development of advanced vehicle technologies, the DOT says, along with addressing infrastructure challenges of both today and the coming decades.

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Partners in Business tip: The benefits of trailer ownership

While leased operators don’t have the pressing need to provide a trailer that most independents do, they often find trailer ownership has significant earning potential.

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Owner-ops can preview altered CSA scores based on FMCSA’s proposed changes

Changes to intervention thresholds, BASIC ratings, crash figures and more are on deck, FMCSA says, and carriers can preview the changes to their own SMS ratings here...

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Recruiting challenges as the small fleet grows: Three cases

What August, Ga.-based Cadle Trucking, Missouri's Fleenor Bros. hazmat hauler and the Percy Transportation company out of Mt. Prospect, Ill., have done in their respective operations to attract drivers to their operations amid growing pains.

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