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Trucking employment bucks trend, falls in May

| June 07, 2013

may employmentThough payroll employment in the for-hire trucking industry has been mostly steadily been increasing, May bucked the trend, shedding 700 trucking jobs, according to preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This reduction, however, followed an upward adjustment of 700 jobs in April to an increase of 12,500 over March. So the 1.3858 million payroll jobs added in May is actually 200 higher than initially reported in April.

Net new payroll jobs throughout the U.S. economy, meanwhile, totaled 175,000 — just slightly ahead of the monthly average over the past 12 months. The national unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a point to 7.6 percent. All of the job growth came from the service sector as 179,000 new jobs were offset by about 1,000 fewer jobs in goods-producing industries and 3,000 fewer jobs in government. Among goods-producing industries, a 7,000-job increase in construction was offset by a reduction of 8,000 jobs in manufacturing.

  • No Reform

    Trucking doesnt pay enuff in TODAYS dollars to be seriously considered by a Rational person. Being a Target for cops and away from your HOME constantly…is just the Beginning of the crappy lifestyle….after taxes and expenses the take home hor a company driver is way to LOW.

  • Kathy

    I quit trucking and sold my rig because the cops and DOT were trying to make up their budget shortfalls by targeting out of state truckers. When the economy is bad, truckers are a target for fines. One DOT cop in OH stopped me and made up 2 nonsense violations, which got thrown out. But it was a hassle and an hour of driving lost.

  • No Reform

    Yep..truckers are fed up with this CSA crap.
    We got along fine without it…..simply and obstacle today and should be abolished. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.