Trucking employment up last month


The for-hire trucking industry added 4,500 jobs in November, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Labor Department. But the agency downwardly revised October’s employment stats to show a 200-job loss, erasing gains reported by preliminary figures last month.

November’s gains continue a strong 15-month run for trucking industry employment, in which 40,500 jobs have been added since September of 2017, according to the Department of Labor. Total industry employment has only dipped twice in that time; in April 2018 and October 2018.

For-hire trucking employment totaled 1.493 million in November, according to the DOL. That’s a gain of 36,300 jobs from the same month last year.

The U.S. economy as a whole added 155,000 jobs in November, and the country’s unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent.