The for-hire trucking industry gained 600 jobs in March over February, and the job losses for February were revised downward by 1,300, according to the latest seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Trucking employment in March was down nearly 64,000, or 4.9 percent, from March 2009. Preliminary data shows payroll employment of almost 1.23 million jobs – down 223,500, or 15.4 percent, from the trucking employment peak in January 2007. The BLS numbers reflect all payroll employment in for-hire trucking, but they don’t include trucking-related jobs in other industries, such as a truck driver for a private fleet.
Nationwide, the economy gained 162,000 jobs in March, but a large portion of that increase resulted from the hiring of 48,000 temporary workers to conduct the Census.