The number of payroll employees for the for-hire trucking has grown by more than 38,000 (or 3%) year-over-year. For April 2011, BLS reported 1,295,300 payroll jobs for trucking. That has grown to 1,333,800 for April of this year.
Both the national number of unemployed (12.5 million) and the country's unemployment
rate (8.1%) changed little in April. Unemployment dipped only a tenth of a percentage point for the month.
BLS collects these data each month from the payroll records of a sample of nonagricultural business establishments. Each month it surveys about 141,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 486,000 individual worksites, to provide detailed industry data on employment on nonfarm payrolls.