Trucking hit the brakes in the third quarter, slowing but not coming to a stop as U.S. economic growth and freight demand softened. The persistently weak economy meant lower freight volumes at many less-than-truckload and truckload carriers. Diesel fuel prices rose for 11 straight weeks during the quarter at an average weekly pace of 4.4 cents per gallon. Year-over-year pricing increases slowed dramatically in the truckload sector, as did LTL yield growth. By the end of the third quarter, year-over-year for-hire truck tonnage growth slowed to 2.4 percent, the lowest annualized growth rate in more than a year. However, as the economy teetered on the brink of recession, many trucking operators remained profitable and even increased profitability. This Trucking Dashboard shows clear evidence of the third quarter economic slowdown, but also a much more resilient trucking industry. The recession taught carriers to carefully balance capacity and demand while increasing productivity to build more sustainable businesses and weather slowdowns. Click on an icon for data on truckload and intermodal pricing, ATA for-hire truck tonnage, LTL yield, truckload capacity index, and more.