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July 2, 2015 - Industry News

Unemployment Lowest in 7 Years, Manufacturing Eases

Economic Watch: The nation’s unemployment rate fell 0.2 of a percent point in June to 5.3%, its lowest rate since April 2008, while 7,400 jobs were added in the for-hire trucking sector.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

July 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Jobs Growing, Manufacturing Expanding

Private sector employment in June saw its biggest month-over-month improvement since December, the third month-over-month jump in a row.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Employment

June 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Best in Five Months

American consumers are feeling better about the economy with one measure hitting its highest level since January.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Consumer Spending

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Jumps, Service Sector Declines

Economic Watch: American consumers opened their wallets a whole lot more in May, with consumer spending increasing the most in nearly six years.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Non-Manufacturing, Personal Income

June 25, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Cross-Border Freight Value Declines

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by Mode: April 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $93.3 billion in April, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures, down 6.8% from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

June 24, 2015 - Industry News

Econ Watch: GDP Slowdown Less Than Thought

The U.S. economy contracted less in the first quarter of the year than previously estimated, according to a Commerce Department report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Home Sales

June 23, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Fall as Manufacturing Slows

A first look at May orders and shipments of manufactured durable goods, a key indicator for trucking freight.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Manufacturing

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

May Truckload Rates Higher, Intermodal Rates Fall

Newly released figures show the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index once again remained higher in May than in each of the past three years, coming in 3.5% higher than May 2014 and 9.5% higher than two years ago.

Tags: Economy, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

June 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Surge

Fueled partly by an increase in sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales in May rose to their highest pace in nearly six years.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales, Housing Starts

June 12, 2015 - Industry News

Consumer Confidence Improves, Producer Prices Jump

Consumer confidence rebounded this month, with more people expecting increases in their wages, according to the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers released Friday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Producer Prices

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Falls as Capacity Availability Increases

Graph via FTR

The FTR Trucking Conditions Index fell 9% to a reading of 6.7 in April, weakened by more available capacity and less pressure on rates.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Freight Capacity

June 11, 2015 - Industry News

Retail Sales Improve for Third Straight Month

Retail sales in the U.S. continue improving after slowing at the end of last year and the beginning of this year, but things could still be better.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales

June 10, 2015 - Industry News

Report: For-Hire Freight Movements Ease Up

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2010 - April 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Large declines in trucking and pipeline, coupled with smaller declines in rail carloads and rail intermodal resulted in a decline in the total amount of U.S. for-hire freight movements in April from March.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Index

June 9, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: U.S. Ports Returning to Normal

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports has returned to normal levels following ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal

June 5, 2015 - Industry News

Employment Numbers Improve, Including Trucking

The current trucking employment level is close to its pre-recession peak, while nationwide employers added more jobs during May.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

June 3, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Growth Best Since January

Change in nonfarm private employment.

Two days before a government report on unemployment is set to be released, a report from a payroll processor shows 201,000 non-farm, private jobs were added in the U.S. during May, the biggest gain since January.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

June 2, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Orders Drop Again

New orders for factory-made goods continue to disappoint, falling 0.4% in April from the month before and marking the eighth decline in the last nine months.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

June 1, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Improve; Consumer Spending Stalls

Business conditions in the nation’s manufacturing sector turned around in May from the month before, while construction spending hit a six-year high. A weak spot? Consumer spending.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Consumer Spending, Construction Spending

May 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Shrinks, Consumer Sentiment Sinks

A new government reports shows the American economy contracted in the first quarter of the year for the second straight time.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence

May 28, 2015 - Industry News

U.S. Cross Border Freight Value Declines

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode, March 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released figures show the value of freight moved between the U.S. and its North American Free Trade Agreement neighbors totaled $96.1 billion in March, a 5.3% decline from a year ago, but three out of five transportation modes carried more cross-border cargo.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence, New Home Sales Improve

A measure of consumer confidence has increased following a sharp downturn, while new home sales rebounded strongly, according to reports released on Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Home Sales

May 26, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Key Durable Goods Indicator Rises

An advance report shows both new orders and shipments for manufactured durable goods declined in April, but a key indicator increased for the second consecutive month.

Tags: Economy, Durable Goods, Non-Manufacturing

May 22, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Higher, Inflation Still Weak

Consumer prices moved barely higher in April, but it was the third consecutive monthly increase, according to a new Commerce Department report.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Prices

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Mixed in April

Truckload linehaul rates declined in April from the month before while intermodal rates moved higher, according to two separate reports released on Thursday.

Tags: Economy, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates

May 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Declines, Leading Indicators Increase

A first look at the nation’s manufacturing sector shows activity has declined for the second straight month. However, a measure of future economy activity is on the upswing.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Sales, Leading Economic Indicators

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