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Trucking gains 2,300 jobs in July, U.S. hiring remains strong

| August 01, 2014

The for-hire trucking industry added 2,300 jobs in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the monthly employment report released Aug. 1 by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Trucking’s job gains in May and June also have been upwardly revised, with May gaining an additional 500 jobs than previously reported and June added 1,400.

The U.S. economy as a whole in July added 209,000 non-farm jobs, BLS reports, but the national unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percent to 6.2 percent. Last month’s 6.1 percent was the lowest the unemployment rate had been since September 2008. However, the U.S. economy has now seen six straight months of strong job gains.


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For-hire trucking now has 1.4087 million payroll jobs, according to BLS, up 29,100 (2.1 percent) from last July. It’s also up 179,000 jobs (14.5 percent) from March 2010’s bottom in the most recent recession.

However, it remains 52,700 jobs (3.6 percent) below January 2007’s peak.

Total transportation and warehousing employment grew by 7,900 jobs, following the 16,600 added last month. Also in July, manufacturing added 28,000 jobs and construction added 22,000.

The BLS numbers for trucking reflect all payroll employment in for-hire trucking, but they don’t include trucking-related jobs in other industries, such as a truck driver for a private fleet. Nor do the numbers reflect the total amount of hiring since they only reflect the number of employees paid during a specified payroll period during the month.

  • g22p

    These are low paying jobs , Some lower than minimum wage !

  • Matt T

    Trucking companies are always hiring because there turnover rate is so high, 97% on average. Who wants to deal with all the problems that truck drivers face.

  • localnet

    2300 new hires and 100,000 quit… ;)

  • Denis Langlois

    One Question that should be asked is that, how many drivers actually QUIT , due to being over regulated!! All the regulations being put in place today make a drivers job harder to do and if you ask any driver it is no longer FUN as it was in the past!!

  • guest

    great job for a mexican…..the industry is a sick joke today…who would WANT to be involved in this Crap? must be desperate or retarded.

  • guest

    My name jose….me drivey Trookay…..yuk yuk……actually trucking is hilarious today…so rediculous….who would sign on for This Horse Pucky? lol……ahahahahahahaha………..Guatamalans Apply Today…

  • guest

    That is the Truth Denis….aint no fun today…and totally Cop infested and over run with mexicans.

  • guest

    for Good cause they quit…trucking sucks today. lol

  • guest

    True…the industry is a pile of stinking Crap today. lol

  • guest

    I wouldnt wish trucking as a JOB for any unfortunate soul today…if you like Misery, Low Pay, Abuse and Cop Surveilance of yer every move…this is the job for you. lol

  • JT

    the reason the trucking industry sucks is because large carriers are hiring foreigners by the thousands that come here on visas. You’ll notice more and more foreign languages spoken by these folks in truck stops as time goes on. If these carriers were restricted to hiring Americans, they’d have to offer better pay to attract people to do these jobs; but good ole foreigners will do it at these rates gladly which is why most wages in the industry is stagnant

  • guest

    That is really true….trucking is garbage today.

  • guest

    Jose and The Towel Head are the “new hires” they speak

  • localnet

    I was at a Pilot in Indiana yesterday… A Mexican trying to do something at the counter, could not speak a lick of English. The girl behind the counter was frazzled… We got talking, these foreigners are coming out of the woodwork… We both agreed, this is not good for the industry, her state of mind, and last but not least, a bleak outlook for our country.

  • Mike Smith


    This is extremely obvious in So. California/CA. Now that that piece of $hit CA Gov Brown has allowed ILLEGAL ALIENS to get drivers lic’s,, next they will get CDL’s.

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