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Trucking employment jumps again in June, U.S. job growth healthy

The for-hire trucking industry added 3,300 jobs in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the monthly employment report released by the government. The U.S. economy as a whole in May added 288,000 non-farm jobs, pushing the country’s unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent -- its lowest since Sept. 2008.

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Hotels4Truckers dropping membership fee

Attendant to those plans -- slated for the middle of this month -- the website is launching a new look and feel for its hotel search and discount site for drivers.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: Load One keeps drivers with help of Stay Metrics

The Stay Metrics program uses driver feedback to improve retention. It does this by tracking engagement in a rewards program and evaluating results of periodic satisfaction surveys and exit interviews.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: John Christner Trucking gains from ‘big data’

Christner uses Athena, a new product from Vigillo, the industry’s leader in CSA data analysis. Athena uses a broad range of data, from driver-generated and CSA-related to information from areas such as weather reports and population density stats.

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Diesel price ticks up in second straight weekly increase

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel rose for the second straight week in the week ended June 30, climbing just one-tenth of a cent to $3.920, according to the Department of Energy.

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Rates continue to skyrocket, all three segments set record highs

Per-mile rates on the spot market in June continued the major upward swing seen throughout most of 2014, and all three segments -- flatbed, reefer and dry van -- set record highs, according to July 1 data from Internet Truckstop.

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In formal comments, OOIDA says e-log mandate not worth the cost, other trade groups supportive of rule

Trucking trade groups held their formal public comments on the proposed federal electronic logging device mandate until the waning hours, and each of the major ones fell as expected in terms of support or opposition.

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Medical registry now has 30,000 examiners, FMCSA says, with 22k more in queue

Another 8,000 health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with an initial roster of 22,000 providers, FMCSA said last week.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Carriers’ crystal ball: Averitt Express boosts safety with FleetRisk Advisors

FleetRisk uses extensive trucking data, such as drivers’ starting times or change in empty miles relative to fleet average, to help fleets with safety, retention and workers comp.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: Fleets using driver performance data more than ever

Fleets have long used performance data in driver scorecards to help identify and address problems. Now, with the help of companies that specialize in predictive analytics, fleets are trying to head problems off before they happen.

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