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November 12, 2014

Trucking Conditions Index Heads Higher

The Trucking Conditions Index from the freight transportation forecasting firm FTR registered 9.07 for September, according to a just released report.

November 10, 2014

Cass Freight Index Shows ‘Turmoil’

Some freight is having trouble entering the country and moving quickly to final end users while, the “transportation ecosystem is finding itself in turmoil” as freight shipments, particularly imports, climb in anticipation of a stronger holiday shopping season this year.

November 10, 2014

Domestic Containers Drive Intermodal Traffic Surge

Total intermodal freight volume rose 5.1% in the third quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2013, while domestic U.S. and international volumes individually reported gains in of 5.5% and 4.7%, respectively.

November 7, 2014

Trucking Adds Jobs As Unemployment Rate Drops

The unemployment rate in the U.S. fell again in October, dropping to its lowest level since July 2008, according to the U.S. Labor Department. In the same period, for-hire trucking added 3,900 jobs.

November 7, 2014

Intermodal Rail Traffic Sets New Records

According to the Association of American Railroads, it totaled 1,381,749 containers and trailers, up 4.9%, or 64,071 units, over October 2013.

November 5, 2014

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Continues Growing

Activity in the U.S. non-manufacturing sector continued growing in October, but not as fast as the month before.

November 5, 2014

Economic Watch: Job Creation Above 200,000 for Seventh Straight Month

The U.S. job market continues improving with a new report showing private sector employment increased by 230,000 jobs from September to October, the biggest gain since June.

November 3, 2014

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Construction Down

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, its highest level since March 2011, according to nation’s supply executives.

November 3, 2014

Intermodal Rail Traffic Has Third Busiest Week

The week ending Oct. 25, rail intermodal traffic was up 6.7% compared with the same week last year -- higher growth than that of rail traffic overall.

October 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Slips in September

Consumer spending in the U.S. declined in September for the first time in eight months, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

October 30, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Continues Growing, Fed Ending Stimulus Program

One of the broadest measures of the health of the American economy shows it expanded at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter of the year.

October 28, 2014

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Activity Slows, Consumers Upbeat

An advance report shows shipments of durable goods increased just slightly last month while new orders fell for the second straight month.

October 24, 2014

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Highest Since 2008

UPDATED -- Sales of new homes in the U.S. hit a six-month high last month while the improvement for August was cut dramatically, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

October 23, 2014

U.S. NAFTA Freight Above $100 Billion for Sixth Straight Month

U.S. freight movements with Canada and Mexico saw imports increase 3.6% while exports gained 5.2% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

October 23, 2014

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators, Manufacturing Ease

A measure of where the American economy is headed in the next three to six months shows conditions are improving, but not as fast as they have been, according to the private research group The Conference Board.

October 22, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Barely Move Higher

Consumer prices in the U.S. remained in check during September, increasing just 0.1%, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

October 21, 2014

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Hit Highest Level in a Year

The latest housing starts figures show the housing market continues to move in the right direction, finally recapturing 2013 levels after a weak start to the year.

October 21, 2014

Record Truck Tonnage Remains Steady in September, Up from Year Earlier

The amount of truck tonnage hauled in the U.S. during September was unchanged from the month before remaining at a record high level, according to new American Trucking Associations figures.

October 20, 2014

Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Highest Since 2008

The increased volume reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the facility, according to port officials.

October 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Home Construction Rises, Consumer Sentiment Hits Seven-Year High

Residential construction in the U.S. has rebounded but remains volatile, hitting an annual rate of just more than 1 million units for only the third time this year in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.


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