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Trucking employment surged in April as unemployment dropped

| May 03, 2013

april 2013 jobsThe for-hire trucking industry added 11,700 jobs in April, according to preliminary data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the largest month to month increase since February 2012, when the industry added 12,700 jobs.

The report comes on the heels of March’s 6,300 job cuts in trucking. However, employment in April found somewhat of a footing, as national unemployment dropped to 7.5 percent, riding a gain of 165,000 jobs in April and a gain of 138,000 jobs in March.

That unemployment rate is the lowest since December 2008.

The for-hire trucking industry employed about 1.368 million workers in April, a 3.5 percent jump — 45,300 jobs — from the same month in 2012. Trucking employment has been increasing steadily since March 2010’s bottom and is 151,600 jobs above that number. However, the 1.368 million jobs is still 67,800 jobs below January 2007’s peak.

For more on trucking employment, see Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s report.

  • Wojciech

    I am wondering who makes those statistics. I think they just pull this information out of their ****s to make people feel better. Also makes me wonder how people can believe this. Employment is on the rise … yeah right. Thats why we have sotres closing their doors at every corner. Sometimes within a month whole plazas of stores are for lease. People cant afford to pay their bills and daily expenses. Sure … Economy is on the rise.

  • martymarsh

    These numbers come from the CR England’s and CRST’s of the country that con new people in to the industry.

  • No Reform

    Me Drive Trookay….me Chofer…..familia live in Trookay.

  • Northstar

    Here let’s break the numbers down to what they actually mean in 2013…11,700 bunk rats shifited companies in the month of April.

  • martymarsh

    LMAO, hogwash.

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