The transportation industry added 16,600 jobs in June, including 3,300 trucking jobs, according to the Department of Labor.
Currently, there are 1,405,000 trucking jobs in America, an increase of 26,000 jobs from last June. In the past year, the trucking industry is averaging an increase of more than 2,100 jobs each month.
Couriers and messengers received the largest gain with 5,500 more jobs for the month of June. Out of the 10 transportation categories, scenic and sightseeing transportation was the only class to report a loss with 800 fewer jobs.
The overall unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, a 0.2 percent decrease from last month. Last year, unemployment in June was at 7.5 percent, 1.4 percent higher than this year. Shortly after the announcement on July 3, the Dow Jones Industrial Average went over 17,000 for the first time ever.
Wages are also increasing. The average hourly earnings for the month of June went up 6 cents to $24.45. Average hourly wages for June of 2013 were at $23.98.
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