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Trucking industry job figures climb

by Admin7. April 2014
The trucking sector saw growth last month.The trucking sector saw growth last month.

Three thousand-plus truck drivers found gainful employment in the industry last month as the sector continued demonstrating strong growth, according to a published report.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the industry saw the creation of about 3,300 payroll jobs, Overdrive Online reports. The nation's jobless rate remained at 6.7 percent after the entire U.S. economy added roughly 192,000 career opportunities last month.

The trucking industry is considered an indicator about the state of the U.S. economy given its transport of and involvement with the commerce of goods.

For-hire trucking amounted to 1.3934 million jobs last month, representing an increase of 24,500 from the same period last year. That notates an increase of 1.8 percent. This year's totals from March represent gains of 12.9 percent from the same period four years ago, a gain of 159,400 jobs. March 2010 is considered the lowest point of the economic downturn in the nation hosting the globe's largest economic system.

Yet, despite the strong figures from last month, there still is work to be done in the industry. Trucking employment stayed at 60,000 jobs, which is less than the top point that the industry notched in January 2007.

Truck-driving employment figures are poised to climb in an Upper Midwest state. As many as 300 residents of Wisconsin are set to enroll in a program that the state governor announced late last week, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Governor Scott Walker said a four-week course will train participants and they are guaranteed work. They must pass eligibility screening and veterans have preference for the program.

For individuals who are not selected for participation in the program, they may partake in the training for $2,500. The career opportunities are with trucking companies in Green Bay, Marshfield and DePere.

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