Trucking industry adds jobs in January

Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the trucking industry added 5,000 jobs last month, even though U.S. unemployment numbers were up overall. Fleets were responsible for a total of 1.375 million domestic jobs in January, representing a 0.36 percent increase from December's numbers. In fact, the number of people employed by the industry has steadily increased over the past several years; Commercial Carrier Journal - Digital reported that trucking employment has shot up 11.4 percent since it hit rock bottom in March 2010 and is on its way to making a full recovery after the recession hurt many businesses.

As some commercial carriers and private fleets continue to pick up business, they may find an increased need to boost their hiring to keep up with client demand. While hiring may mean good things for both the economy and a transportation services company, it may make managing fleets slightly trickier in the short term, as businesses work to train new hires.

Fleets concerned about managing their new drivers and ensuring reliable service from just-hired employees can benefit from business solutions such as transportation management systems or simpler dispatch software. These tools can make communicating assignments and routes to drivers a more efficient process. This can prove beneficial to new and experienced drivers alike.

However, even though the sector is slowly recovering, not all fleets are looking to grow their workforces at this time. Organizations focused on maximizing driver productivity and minimizing costs may find that utilizing route optimization software can help ensure their drivers conserve fuel and time, both valuable businesses resources that can contribute to added expenses when not closely managed.