The Journal of Commerce For-Hire Trucking Employment Index rose to 93.9 in November, an 0.2 percentage point increase from October and its highest reading since October 2008, as Labor Department data showed trucking hiring trending higher.
The increase from a revised October reading of 93.7 was the second straight monthly rise for the index, which was flat in September. The index was 3.9 points higher than a year ago and 8.7 points higher than its lowest reading of 85.3 in March 2010.
The JOC index shows trucking employment increasing steadily throughout most of 2012. Trucking's payroll last month was about 6 percent below its peak in early 2007. The index is based on employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Seasonally adjusted trucking employment increased 3.6 percent year-over-year in November, as the for-hire motor carriers surveyed by BLS added 2,500 jobs. The agency surveys more than 100,000 motor carriers for its employment estimate.