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News Alert: Truck transportation sector added another 9,600 jobs last month

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Truck transportation jobs rose a solid 9,600 jobs in October from September, climbing to 1,463,700 jobs, up from 1,454,100 jobs, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With a revision in August numbers, it means that the truck transportation sector has added 14,200 jobs in just two months. 

The figures are still below a year ago. In September 2019, the truck transportation sector stood at 1,529,700 jobs.

After a slight move upward in September, rail transportation employment continued its downward slide. Although the September figure was revised upward to 146,100 jobs, an upward revision of 200 jobs, the latest figure for October puts that month at 145,800 jobs, below even where it stood in August. A year ago, rail had 167,400 jobs.

Warehousing and storage continued its relentless rise. Jobs in that sector were up 28,100 to 1,268,100. The number of jobs in that sector is now more than 76,000 jobs above where it was last year, with more than a third of that gain coming in just the last month.

FreightWaves will continue to cover this story.

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John Kingston

John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.