Trucking Jobs Spike in February Doesn’t Offset January

 

Fleetowner --- The good news is trucking posted a gain of more than 10,000 jobs in February. The bad news is the large increase doesn’t make up for the substantial downward revision to January’s total. The latest government update shows a loss of 14,400 jobs for the first month of the year. This comes after a six-month run up to a record high to close 2016.

The February rebound puts the for-hire trucking total at 1.47 million, that’s 237,200 (19.2%) more trucking jobs than were reported in March 2010, the low point in the economic downturn, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. The new total is 16,100 more jobs than in February last year.

This comes as the overall U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February, considered by economists to be a solid gain. The national unemployment rate slipped slightly to 4.7%, a rate near what the Federal Reserve considers to be “full employment,” opening the door for an anticipated increase of the government’s benchmark interest rate.

Collectively, transportation and warehousing gained 8,800 jobs for the month as the trucking surge was offset by small losses in most other sectors.