The Trucker Chronicles

Dayton Business Journal

Trucking activity is on the upswing in the U.S. — albeit a smaller upswing than a year earlier, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

The American Trucking Associations reported the 12-month, seasonally-adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index — considered a measure of industry health — rose 0.2 percent in March. That was smaller than the 0.5 percent increase seen in February of this year, the report showed.

However, the non-adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, was 9.1 percent above the previous month in March, the report said.

The trucking industry in Ohio has seen a slew of job cuts recently, despite increased positive data from the industry. Paccar Inc.’s Kenworth unit is cutting 250 jobs, or about 10 percent of its workforce, at a plant in Chillicothe, while YRC Worldwide’s freight unit is cutting more than 125 jobs in Columbus and Akron.

The Dayton area has long been a hub for trucking companies because of its central Midwest location and the intersection of Interstates 75 and 70. The industry also serves many companies that have chosen to build in the region because of the access to highways.

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