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Truck transport jobs rise in March, February figures revised upward too

But given strong market, increase relatively muted compared to January

After a few months of relatively weak employment growth in truck transportation, the industry added jobs in March and posted stronger revised numbers for February, according to figures released Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The monthly report showed that total jobs in the truck transportation sector climbed to 1,482,700 seasonally adjusted jobs, up from 1,479,400 jobs in February. However, the February number was revised up from the initial report of 1,475,700 jobs in the sector. 

The January number of jobs in truck transportation “went final” at 1,480,200 jobs. The BLS reports two months of preliminary numbers and then posts a final estimate on the number of jobs. The January figure was little changed from earlier estimates.

What it all means is that while March may have added jobs to a revised February number, the preliminary figure for March is only about 2,500 jobs more than January, which is a seasonally weak month. Given the strong levels of freight volume, the combination of slow growth and demand to move freight could be seen as an equation that is driving driver pay to such high levels. 

The warehousing and storage sector, which ran strong job growth numbers for months, is now seeing relatively slow increases in employment. Jobs in that sector for March came in at a seasonally adjusted figure of 1,414,300, down from a revised February figure of 1,416,200 jobs. That number in turn was revised down from the initial February report of 1,414,800 jobs. The January “final” figure was 1,415,600 jobs, meaning the sector actually had fewer people working in it in March than January.

Rail jobs continued their slide. The BLS reported 140,700 jobs in the sector for March, down 900 jobs from February and down 1,700 jobs from January.

FreightWaves will have additional coverage of the employment report later Friday.

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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.

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  1. The security company at the hospital pays $26.20 or about 21 u S per hour plus overtime after 42 hours per week. Most of the guards are working 50 hours per week 5 shifts of 10 hours about $1,500 cd per week many former truck drivers including myself are doing security work. The security company paid for several of us from the homeless shelters to get retraining. That is a better option for many injured former truck drivers. The industry wants to bring new drivers but not look the ones already in the industry.

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