Trucking Gets a Boost of Jobs in September
According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, preliminary figures indicated that the trucking companies hired 2,600 new employees. This was during the month of September 2011. The employees were hired on a full-time basis according to the figures released on 7th October 2011. The bureau officially reduced the estimates it had given previously for July and August by 800 people.
If the current figures are compared to the figures in September 2010, the employment in truck driving jobs increased by 42,200. This represents a 3.4% increase. The figures also indicate that employees on the payroll increased by 28,400. This figure is 2.3% higher than the previous year. The employment has increased by 57,100 jobs since the lowest level of trucking employment in March 2010. This figure indicates an increase of 4.7%. The current number of employees in the trucking industry is currently 1.284 million. It is still a whole 169,000 jobs lower than the peak employment level that was recorded in January 2007.
These figures that were released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) only took into account Payroll employment in the trucking companies. It doesn’t include the figure for all jobs that involve trucking in the other industries. These excluded all the truck driving jobs that involve private fleets which may be substantial. Another figure not included in the reported numbers is the total number of employees hired. This is because the figures only indicated new jobs and not employee replacements.
The BLS indicates that a total of 103,000 jobs were created in September in the U.S. It also released new figures that showed that in August, 57,000 jobs had been added. The figures that had been released previously showed no increase from July to August. The number of workers that came in to fill the new jobs was offset by the ones who left or changed their jobs. This had the effect of maintaining the unemployment rate at 9.1%.
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