Trucking employment down 3,500 jobs as overall employment rises

| July 08, 2013

trucking-jobs-e1373029751210For the second straight  month, employment in the for-hire trucking industry sank, as 3,500 jobs were shed in June, according to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Moreover, revisions to May’s report show that 2,600 jobs were actually lost in that month, as opposed to the 700 initially reported.

The U.S. economy as a whole, however, gained jobs, as the BLS reports that 195,000 jobs were added in the month. April and May figures were upwardly revised, too, to reflect about the same amount of gains in those months. The unemployment rate, however, stayed at 7.6 percent.

The for-hire trucking industry had a total of 1,379,700 jobs in June — a roughly 30,300 job increase over June 2012.

The industry has 145,700 jobs — an 11.8 percent increase — from March 2010’s bottom. However, the industry remains about 73,700 jobs below January 2007’s peak.

  • martymarsh

    OK, I have to ask it again. How do you know what is down and what is up when most big companies can’t fill the empty seats they already have, or is this just more propaganda ?

  • Kurt Keilhofer

    So was the “shedding” of jobs in trucking done by the employers, or the choice of the employees? If employers are shedding drivers, then there can NOT be a shortage!

  • gary d

    I could easily see that many just retiring from the road after 25 years or more on it due to the new rules and regs. plus all the collapsing bridges and pot holed roads not to mention all the traffic jammed up cities…

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  • Life With No Fixed Address

    If supply and demand works, as we are often told, this should be good news for drivers. Reduced supply, more demand equals more pay. Oops that only works for CEOs.
    There is no driver shortage, there is a retention issue.

  • martymarsh

    Driver shortage equals work visas.

  • Jotham Whitler

    There should be an equal supply to the demand. These drivers are human beings. They need ample time to rest and be with their family. bummer!

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