18. November 2013 12:52
September was strong month from truck-driving growth.
Payrolls in the for-hire trucking industry grew in September after having been stagnant during the month prior, according to a published report.
The for-hire trucking industry augmented its ranks by roughly 1,000 new jobs during the month on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as cited by Overdrive Online. The information came from the unit's monthly unemployment report, the release of which was pushed back because of delays caused by the partial government shutdown last month.
The country's jobless rate fell to 7.2 percent during September, when the industry had 1.3841 million payroll jobs. That represents roughly 28,000 more than the same period last year, marking an increase of roughly 2 percent.
Employment amongst truckers has climbed 150,100, an advance of slightly more than 12 percent since its lowest level, which was marked in March 2010.
However, the sector remains 63,900 jobs lower than the high point, which occurred in early 2007.
Bloomberg reports the challenges of driving a truck include being on the road for long periods of time, living away from family, friends and home for extended times and additional challenges.