The for-hire trucking industry lost an estimated 2,400 jobs in November, a decline of 0.2 percent from October’s losses after seasonal adjustments.
According to U.S. Dept. of Labor’s analysis, preliminary numbers show an 8.7 percent decrease in employment from November 2008. The adjusted figures, which reflect a lower unemployment rate for prior months than was previously reported, cover only the for-hire sector of the trucking industry. Other jobs associated to trucking, like private fleet drivers, were not included in the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis.
More than 203,100 jobs in this specific category have been cut since January 2007, when the seasonally adjusted number employed in trucking reached 1.45 million, said the bureau. Overall, the figures equal to a 14 percent drop.