Trucking jobs and transportation employment continue to show growth in July after enduring historic decreases stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The transport sector gained nearly 38,000 jobs in July. This marks the second consecutive monthly increase after four consecutive decreases, including two historic monthly drops. June’s increase was the largest in more than 20 years.
Trucking jobs also went up with a gain of 2,000 after an increase of more than 4,000 trucking jobs in June. This marks the third consecutive increase in trucking jobs and the fifth monthly increase this year.
April’s trucking jobs loss was the largest since the bureau began tracking the subsector in 1990. At a distant second, nearly 50,000 trucking jobs were eliminated in April 1994. That was likely the result of about 80,000 Teamsters going on strike after negotiations with Truck Management Inc. failed.
Trucking jobs numbers for July and June are preliminary.
Transit/ground passenger transport employment experienced the largest increase with nearly 20,000 more jobs in the economy. Coming in second, is air transport (16,200) followed by couriers/messengers (9,200). Six of 10 subsectors are experiencing job growth. The four job losses include warehousing/storage (minus 5,700), rail transport (minus 3,200), scenic/sightseeing transport (minus 600) and pipeline transport (minus 100).
The trucking subsector had a net gain of more than 4,000 jobs last year, a far cry from the nearly 55,000 job increase in 2018. However, the employment situation last year is better than 2016’s loss of 4,000 jobs.
To date, trucking employment is down nearly 97,000 jobs due to April’s downward spiral. At about 1.4 million jobs, this sets trucking employment back to numbers last seen in November 2014, erasing more than five years of job growth.
The transportation sector had a net gain of more than 118,000 jobs in 2019. Last year was the slowest year for growth