Trucking employment increases in December

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Trucking employment increased in December.

The for-hire trucking industry added 7,300 jobs in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly employment report, released Friday (Jan. 9).

The department also revised November’s preliminary gain of 3,000 down to 1,900.

For-hire trucking employment totals 1.429 million on a seasonally adjusted basis — up 42,100 jobs (3 percent) over December 2013’s 1.3869 million. It’s also up 194,800 (15.8 percent) from March 2010’s bottom in the most recent recession.

It’s still down 24,400 jobs from January 2007’s peak.

Total transportation and warehousing employment in the month grew by 3,100 jobs to 4.6859 million. The construction industry added 48,000 jobs, and manufacturing added 17,000 jobs.