The Trucking Industry Advances Economic Recovery

Trucking 5As Americans bounce back from the effects of the recession, the trucking industry follows suit. In fact, economists credit the trucking industry for pushing the recovery forward at greater speed.

The trucking industry has actually stopped its recovery and jumped straight into new growth territories. An expansion of fleets is expected as a result of this new growth, which is actually a prerequisite if they are going to keep up with demand.

The numbers are impressive: according to the American Trucking Association, nearly 70 percent of all domestic freight was hauled by the trucking industry, which is a jump of nearly half a percentage point over the previous year. The growth is expected to hit 3.2 percent annually over the next four years.

Safety regulations have not been kind to the industry as a whole, but the trucking companies are complying and working to keep up with demand despite the new restrictions, the most controversial of which involves the number of hours a driver can be on the road. Taking the good with the bad, more companies are implementing technologies that assist them in controlling fuel costs.

On the low end of advancements is the trailer size; trucking companies have found that increasing trailer size can improve highway safety as well as maintenance and fuel costs. Furthermore, increasing the square footage of the trailers means fewer trucks on the road, which equates to more cost savings. It also helps to ease the problem some trucking companies are having with finding enough drivers to run all the routes.

Steering away from technology, the industry is looking to legislators to ease up on trucking. More money is being spent on lobbyists who can communicate the importance of the industry on the economy. Some areas of the country are recovering much more slowly than others (California, etc.), which means there is room for lobbyists to work to make the industry a little less shackled. The trucking companies who want to increase the trailer size are particularly focusing their lobbying efforts on Washington where Congress will have to take action before trailer sizes will be allowed to increase on American roadways.

As the industry fights to keep an edge and build upon new technologies to create more efficiencies, there is no doubt that it will remain the king of freight hauling into the distant future.

Spirit Miller Driveaway Services is a company that is helping the economy recover by delivering trucks to companies that are increasing their fleet. Since 1994, we’ve focused on driveaway services, using the best drivers and offering some of the best benefits to attract them. We’re family owned and continue to keep that family feeling in our company as it grows. We believe in safety and we put the safety of our drivers and the other drivers on the roadway first. Whether you’re looking for a job in the industry or looking for a company to get your valued fleet vehicles to you on time and undamaged, contact us today.

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Trucking Industry Continues to Grow

Trucking 3What’s the most dominant form of freight transportation in the U.S.? You guessed it – trucking. According to an American Trucking Association (ATA) American Trucking Trends 2014 report, 69.1 percent of all domestic freight got from point A to point B through the trucking industry, which is a nearly two percentage point jump over 2012 numbers.

When it comes to freight revenue, trucking is also capturing the bulk of it – 81.2 percent, which is a jump of about 1.5 percent from the previous year. Furthermore, when it comes to trucking across international lines, 55.4 percent of our trade with Canada is freighted in and out with trucks. In Mexico, 65.4 percent of all trade is through the trucking industry.

No doubt, trucking is a vital part of the lifeblood of the economy in the U.S. Think about how much diesel fuel it takes to move all that freight – 37 billion gallons. That doesn’t sound very “green,” does it? Well, keep in mind that in the last decade, trucks have gotten much cleaner. In fact, there is an 88 percent drop in sulfur dioxide emissions coming from trucks; a 48 percent drop in nitrous oxide and a 32 percent drop in particulate matter.

Even despite the recession and the toll it took on state budget, making road repairs a luxury item, trucking continues to thrive. Trucking is more efficient than what the railroad can offer; consider that it takes trucking nine days to move all of what was moved by rail throughout the entire year of 2013.

The ATA included some interesting particulars in its recent trends report, including one that says if you connected all the loads trucks delivered in 2013, it would stretch from the Earth to the Moon – 11 times.

While the industry employed 7 million people in 2013, there is a big shortage right now that is impacting the industry. Many of the Baby Boomers who enjoyed a lifetime on the road in the trucking industry are retiring. There are about 10,000 people in America turning 65 everyday, and some of them are truckers.

It’s not a stretch to say there are a large amount of jobs available in the trucking industry. By some accounts (CNNMoney), there are around 200,000 trucking jobs available right now for long haul truckers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says there will be a need for about 330,000 truckers by 2020. Truckers can expect a starting pay of around $37,900, which is about $4,000 more than the average wage for all jobs.

If you want to become one of the highest paid drivers in the driveaway business, come to Spirit Miller Driveaway Services where you’ll find hours that fit your needs and a route that suits your preference. At Spirit Miller, we focus on speed and quality of service. We handle our clients’ products like they are our own. We’ve got an excellent safety record and some of the best drivers on the road. Contact us today and become a part of our team.

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Trucking Industry Gearing up to Bring in New Drivers

Jobs 2If you’ve considered a career in trucking, now is the time. The economy is in recovery mode, which means consumers are finally letting down their guard and spending more money. For the trucking industry, this is excellent news. Manufacturers, responding to the needs of consumers, are making more products, which means they need their raw materials shipped to their facilities and their finished products shipped to suppliers. The number one choice for transport isn’t airlines, boats or trains – it’s trucking.

For many companies, trucking is the channel through which 80-plus percent of their cargo is transported across the nation. That means there is a need for qualified people who want a job trucking. The number of truckers on the road has a direct influence on the economy. For instance, when a company doesn’t have enough truckers to move product, the cost for many items consumers want goes up.

A report from CNN puts the shortage currently at around 30,000 drivers, but could increase to around 100,000 considering drivers aren’t allowed to work as many hours in a row after the hours of service rule goes into effect.

As a person who is interested in the trucking industry, you’re no stranger to the beat of a different drummer. Maybe it’s the freedom of the road that beckons, or the lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around the typical 9 to 5 job with a cubicle as a workspace. However, not every job trucking involves long hours on the road. Some companies have become very flexible in what they offer just so they can get the family man or woman who wants to work in the industry but doesn’t have the luxury of being away from home for days at a time.

Many companies are taking steps they’ve never taken previously to attract new drivers. They’re offsetting the cost of training in order to get qualified drivers who don’t want to foot the entire training bill on their own. Better health benefits are an attraction for many new applicants. Furthermore, trucking companies are motivated to give their drivers more time off to see their doctor and actually use the health benefits they’re offering.

Historically, one of the detractors to the industry for many prospective drivers has been the rate at which they’re paid. However, in order to attract qualified drivers to the industry, many trucking companies are increasing wages to make the job more attractive. Quality trucking companies realize that their biggest asset are their drivers, which means they’ll be willing to take a few resources away from the company to take care of their drivers.

Spirit Miller Driveaway Services is a company that knows how important drivers are to the industry. Providing vehicle deliveries throughout the United   States, we are looking for quality drivers willing to work at their own pace. If it’s flexible hours you want, Spirit Miller can offer you just that.

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Trucking Companies Driving Jobs Continue to Improve Employment Numbers

Jobs 2As 2013 came to a close, the long-running hiring trend in the trucking industry helped improve the unemployment situation in the U.S.

Trucking companies driving jobs are currently plentiful and the industry put 8,400 more people to work in December, which helped drop the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent. Not since the beginning of the great recession has the U.S. witnessed an unemployment rate that low. November’s seven percent rate was the lowest in five years but was surpassed by December’s numbers.

According to a recent trucking industry report, there were around 1.4 million jobs related to trucking. Looking at all jobs that are related to transportation and warehousing, the number gets much larger – 4.5 million.

Trucking companies driving jobs continue to be a force in the labor market as more Americans are spending more freely, which increases the number of items that need to be moved from production to retailers.

Thanks to a recovering economy, the trucking industry is back on its feet and in serious need of new drivers. One report in 2012 said there were around 200,000 job openings nationwide for full-time, long haul truckers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated in 2012 that despite 1.5 million truckers on the road at that time, there could be a need for more than 330,000 additional truckers between 2010 and 2020, which represents an increase of around 20 percent.

Trucking companies driving jobs can pay well. The median salary is just under $38,000, which is about $4,000 more than the median wage for all other jobs. The top 10 percent of truckers make around $58,000 a year. One of the issues that companies have in hiring new drivers is that the certification process can be difficult for some prospective new-hires. The commercial drivers license and training course associated with it can cost as much as $6,000 and take around eight weeks to complete.

However, trucking companies know that they need qualified, safe and well-trained individuals to command their 80,000 pound trucks that traverse the same highways and interstates as tiny sports cars or SUVs full of families.

Another issue that the trucking company faces is high turnover rates, which is sometimes associated with the sudden change in lifestyle that truckers experience when they begin their career of living on the road. But for the truckers that make it a successful career, it’s exactly this type of life that attracts them to the job.

Trucking companies driving jobs are in high demand. Spirit Miller driveaway services also have a need for qualified individuals to command their fleet of trucks. For people who desire the freedom and flexibility that trucking can offer, Spirit Miller is the perfect place to get started. If you’ve got an excellent driving record and are ready to switch gears, call Spirit Miller today.

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Truck Driving Companies Looking to Attract New Hires

Many blue-collar industries are slow to increase their staffing numbers following the layoffs and hiring freezes implemented during the recession, but this is not the case with truck driving companies. There is currently a shortage of drivers and many trucking companies are trying to entice more workers to the industry with incentives.

Currently, the trucking industry is about 30,000 drivers short of what’s needed. This shortage is Jobs 1projected to last several more years as many veteran truckers from the Baby Boom generation are nearing retirement.

Trucking as a career has been both criticized and glamorized in popular culture. In reality, truck drivers are no different than the average citizen making an honest living doing what they love to do. Men and women (yes women) take to the road and find fulfilling careers there. They find the work adventurous and fun.

Many truck driving companies offer their drivers, dental, medical and life insurance as well as retirement benefits. Some will offer bonuses for safe driving and years of quality work. People who like a schedule that varies enjoy trucking because deliveries often come with odd hours. For the person who likes to travel, this is not a disincentive. Truck drivers are adaptable and are not 9 to 5 types.

Not all trucking jobs require the driver to work odd hours or make 1,000-mile journeys. Some jobs stay local and are within the normal business hours. If you were to look at all the trucking jobs out there today, you’d find just about every scenario possible. Some truck driving companies will offer to pay for the driver’s CDL training, which is a major perk. As shipping demands continue to mount, more and more truck driving companies will be prompted to offer incentives such as this.

Spirit Miller is a trucking company focused on quality. The drivers at Spirit Miller are prompt and safe. Just like others in the industry, Spirit Miller is looking for qualified individuals to continue to offer clients the professionalism they have come to expect from the company. At Sprit Miller our drivers are among some of the highest paid drivers in the industry. We also have flexible hours, options for routes that you want to drive and a chance for you to be in charge of your schedule. If you are looking for a career in the trucking industry Sprit Miller could be the place for you.

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As Jobs in Transportation Increase, the Trucking Industry is Poised to Grow

Trucking 1There has never been a more exciting time in the trucking industry as jobs in transportation are expected to grow in the coming years.

The Great Recession hit the trucking industry hard, but the industry is finally seeing a bounce back as more jobs in transportation are becoming available. When a recession hits, consumers have less cash to spend, and what cash they do have winds up in savings. With less consumer activity, fewer goods make their way across the road in tractor-trailers. However, the numbers have been increasing at a steady pace, which is giving industry experts the opportunity to finally something to smile about.

When the recession hit, many career truckers dropped their careers for good in exchange for a life in a new, seemingly more promising career field. It happened across the board in nearly every industry. Displaced workers went back to technical school or university and pursued a new path. Industry experts believe that as the economy recovers and the trucking industry is in full swing, there won’t be enough qualified drivers to fill all the positions available in trucking.

The lack of drivers works to the advantage of experienced truckers, who will likely demand a higher wage. It’s also an advantageous time for people new to the career to jump aboard and find work. Another area that is in short supply is in qualified instructors to teach this new wave of truck drivers coming into the career. These instructor positions will come with a good-paying wage, experts predict, with plenty of incentives and job security for years to come.

The trucking industry has had a good 30-plus years of growth while the railway industry has had 30-plus years of decline. Unfortunately for the railway industry, their decline looks to be continuing. Truckers will pick up freight that once was carried in boxcars across the nation. This is also a reason for the positive numbers that are pushing jobs in transportation up and up.

State budget were hit hard during the recession, which meant there was less money for state road construction or bridgework. Most states struggled just to maintain their roadways. However, as the economy has recovered and state budgets look healthy once again, the number of roads in the U.S. is now back on the rise, which is yet another reason why the trucking industry is maintaining its edge on transporting goods.

Spirit Miller Driveaway Services is a company that brings speed and quality services to the industry. Spirit Miller trucks are on the road every day of the week. Some of these truckers only need 24 hours notice or less before they’re taking your valuable load from point A to point B. If you’ve got an excellent driving record and have always wanted to be a trucker, Spirit Miller is ready to offer you freedom and flexibility you’ve always wanted in a job.

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All Delivery Driving Jobs Could Include EOBRs by Fall

Keeping up with the various government regulations that affect the trucking industry is a full-time job. It’s possible that a new one regarding onboard recorders could be handed down for later this year.

Delivery driving jobs are seeing an upswing as the economy continues to recover, but along with that recovery comes new guidelines and rules regulated through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. One of the officials from that group said recently that the MAP-21 highway funding law, which is full of various new requirements, would include an electronic log mandate, possibly by September of this year. As Congress considers these regulations, the trucking industry, which is currently offering deliver driving jobs, is keeping a close eye on what will be required of the fleet in the coming months.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official said during a House of Representatives’ committee hearing recently that the electronic log device is an “effective mechanism” used for tracking the status of deliveries and that drivers actual prefer the device. President Barack Obama signed the omnibus highway bill last July. The bill has a 27-month shelf life. The onboard recorders are part of what’s known as Jason’s Law, named after Jason Rivenburg, who was murdered in 2009 in a robbery at an abandoned service station. Mr. Rivenburg was parked and resting when the murder occurred.  The electronic logging device will record the driver’s hours of service and duty status automatically. Jason’s Law also requires the Department of Transportation to update parking supply and demand surveys.

The devices, which are also known as EOBRs, ensure that drivers are in compliance with their agency’s hours of service rules as well as other rules of the road. Drivers can also use the devices to track their mileage and fuel taxes as well as utilize a built-in GPS device. In many ways, it brings a level of automation to deliver driving jobs that can ease the burden of paperwork.

While it’s likely that the devices will become law, some companies have already voluntarily put them in their fleet vehicles due to the conveniences inherent in the technology. The devices help ease fatigue scores in drivers and reduce the number of violations they might rack up in the hours-of-service rule.

While critics worry about the cost associated with installing the devices in every vehicle, companies with experience in the EOBRs can attest to the value and return on investment.

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Driveaway Companies Relish the Upward Trend of For-Hire Transportation

The sweet smell of recovery is hitting the trucking industry, slowly but surely. The most recent numbers from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show a 1.2 percent increase from December to January in for-hire transportation.

With three consecutive months of increases recorded, the industry looks to be recovering firmly from the low point, which was April 2009. After years of ups and downs, the index is squarely up by 18 percent since that April low. The industry saw positive growth in 2011, and in December of that year the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) hit an all-time high of 114. It was at 111.3 in January.

TSI numbers are released monthly and driveaway companies watch those numbers like a broker watches the stock market. The latest increase is likely a result of inventory growth, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The industry sighed collectively in October last year as Hurricane Sandy affected the numbers with a sizeable drop to 107.1. But the reprieve that came in January was very welcomed, and was actually the second highest spike seen since December 2011.

For those who gain insights from looking back, they’ll notice that over the same December through January period a year ago, the index was actually 3.6 percent lower. But for those looking into the future, what’s the market hold? Experts believe again will look at index data from a decade ago, which shows that from 2003 to the present day, the index is up nearly eight percent. But looking at the data from five years ago, despite recent gains, the index is still a couple of percentage points below the 2008 numbers. To make its projections, the TSI will look at indexes spanning three seasons, which measure changes going back to the year 2000. These indexes include passenger travel, freight shipments, and the industry that combines freight and passenger travel.

The U.S. Department of Commerce said in its January wholesale trade: sales and inventories report that sales of merchant wholsalers was at $415.4 billion, which is down about .8 percent from December. Inventories were recorded at $504.4 billion at the end of January, which represents an increase of 1.2 percent. For a look at the numbers of individual industries, visit http://www2.census.gov/wholesale/pdf/mwts/currentwhl.pdf.

For a look at the TSI over the last several months and to track the passenger, freight and the combined index, visit http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/press_releases/bts011_13.

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Jobs in Transportation Seeing an Uptick as Recession Dwindles

One has to look no further than the trucking and transportation industry to see how the nation as a whole is fairing, economically. The recent growth in jobs in transportation proves that the nation is looking better.

The jobs in transportation outlook as well as the wages associated with them is looking to grow by 10-plus percent in the 10-year period beginning 2008. Jobs in transportation were hit hard when the recession began because as consumers tightened their purse strings, there was less cargo to haul. Less cargo means fewer routes and less demand for drivers. When the recession hit hard, jobs in transportation took an equally devastating hit.

But the recession is fading into the background, as cargo is again moving through ports and from warehouses and into the backs of thousands of trucks. Driving schools are seeing an uptick in enrollment as demand continues to increase. The buying habits of the everyday consumer are increasingly becoming tied to home computers, smartphones and tablet computers, which means everything is being shipped directly to their homes. This trend is also having a positive impact on jobs in transportation.

It’s not just drivers who are getting back into the transportation industry – mechanics and technicians are also seeing more demand for their services. Warehousing is also closely related to the transportation industry, and jobs in that industry are also showing an improved outlook.

2011 was a tough year for the trucking industry as fuel prices peaked and a transportation funding bill seemed to get nowhere on Capitol Hill. Regardless of those challenges, 2011 saw a six percent increase in cargo tonnage over the previous year. And despite challenges the industry faces, new regulations continue to make it harder for companies to do business and/or keep a qualified list of drivers on the roster. In some financial quarters, driver overturn hit nearly 90 percent in 2011. Still the number of trucks on the roads increased, proving that the continued economic recovery throughout the nation necessitates the trucking industry.

The American Trucking Association chief economist said during a recent panel discussion that the trucking industry should see a two percent growth through the end of the year. Much depends on what happens in markets throughout the world as well as how lawmakers deal with fiscal issues on American soil. But some statistics compared to the previous year are pointing upward, including a tonnage increase of nearly four percent, an increase in load volume by nearly five percent, a half-percent increase in the number of loads being carried by large carriers and a nearly six percent increase in flatbed freight.

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CDL Driving Jobs are Plentiful, Especially for Long-Haul Driving

The trucking industry is pulling out of the slump that bogged down business for a majority of industries in the nation beginning in 2009. There are now hundreds of trucking jobs available as well as CDL driving jobs.

Many Americans are looking for a change or have been forced into a change of career after their previous jobs were lost due to the economy. This is forcing people to take stock in what they value and what they want to do for 40-plus hours a week. Some have kissed their desk-job lives goodbye for good and have taken to the open road with CDL driving jobs. The long-haul drivers see much of the lower 48 and sometimes get up into Canada or dip down into Mexico. For people who want to see more than their inner city limits of their hometown, CDL driving jobs are a perfect match.

But not just anybody can get behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound rig. Some trucking companies provide training programs that include nearly 300 hours of instruction and can take a few months to complete. The student acquires the knowledge they need to not only safely drive an 18-wheeler, but also pass their CDL exam. Many drivers and up-and-coming drivers head to Houston where trucking schools are plentiful. Many trucking recruiters will do their scouting in Houston as expertly trained drivers are turned out by the dozen each month.

Many entry-level drivers can clear $35,000 in their first year on the road. More seasoned drivers are making $65,000-plus. And while these drivers are putting in 14-hour days on the road, the work is rewarding and the turnover is light. Sure, there are obstacles, hazards and the occasional homesickness, but drivers experience scenery and a sense of openness that they don’t get anywhere else.

Some companies do business with drivers in what is called a forced dispatch way of operating. Drivers get a call and have a set time to get a load from point A to point B. For some beginning drivers, this is the only type of work available to them. Spirit Miller Driveaway Services offers a no forced dispatch model of business that many drivers prefer. Many seasoned drivers are working for Spirit Miller precisely because of the no forced dispatch method they employ. Turnover rate for no forced dispatch is among the lowest in the industry for a reason – truckers love that method.

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