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Weekly Transportation Update: Consumer inflation falls m/m for the first time in just over four years

 

In June, inflation was mild at both the consumer and producer levels, with consumer prices declining month-over-month for the first time since May 2020. This was mainly due to falling gasoline and diesel prices. Truck insurance premiums also decreased after more than a year of gains. Additionally, new applications for transportation and warehousing businesses saw their largest increase since August 2022, alongside recent gains in new trucking authorities. This suggests the truck freight market has bottomed out.


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Weekly Transportation Update: U.S. adds 206,000 payroll jobs as the unemployment rate rises to 4.1%

 

In June, employment showed stability with slower growth and slight revisions from previous months. Job openings remained high, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by about 1 million. Trucking industry employment held steady overall, despite declines in sectors like truckload and local specialized trucking. Economic indicators across sectors varied, highlighting ongoing challenges and adjustments post-pandemic.


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Weekly Transportation Update: Real consumer spending rises in May after downward revisions.

Economic indicators were mixed this week with an increase in real consumer spending, no change in non-automotive retail inventories, lackluster new orders for durable manufactured goods, and a sharp drop in sales of new homes.

The week also brought some notable developments at the two major parcel carriers and a safety oversight report on last year’s train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

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