Seasonally adjusted trucking employment increased 3.6 percent year-over-year in November, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
From October, for-hire trucking employment grew about 0.18 percent, following a 0.35 percent sequential monthly increase in that month, the BLS data show.
That increase sent The Journal of Commerce For-Hire Trucking Employment Index up 0.2 percentage points to 93.9, its highest reading since October 2008.
Trucking employment increased steadily from August through November, usually trucking's peak season, rising either 3.6 percent and 3.7 percent year-over-year each month.
The trucking companies surveyed by the Labor Department agency — more than 100,000 motor carriers — have added 47,300 jobs during the past 12 months.
Those for-hire carriers added about 2,500 jobs in November and about 4,700 jobs in October, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted employment data.
Trucking employment was 2.7 percent higher in November than in January, according to the BLS data, and had risen 10.1 percent higher from its low point in March 2010.
The data support other indicators pointing to steady but muted growth in trucking, despite falling freight tonnage and slower than expected GDP growth in 2012.