Spot market freight activity continues to sag

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Updated May 24, 2016

523mdiThe weekly Market Demand Index produced by signaled market favorability swung against owner-operators in the most recent week, trending in brokers’ favor in rate and load negotiations.

The index is a reading of the number of trucks and loads available national. The index reading for the week ending May 22 fell 3.2 percent from the week prior. It was also down 22 percent from the same week in 2015.

A 3 percent drop in load availability in the week drove the index’s lower reading. Load availability was down 25.3 percent from the same week last year, according to’s weekly Trans4Cast report. noted these five states as being the most favorable for owner-operators relative to load-to-truck ratio:

  1. Utah
  2. California
  3. Iowa
  4. Alabama
  5. Georgia

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