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Truck tonnage jumped 4.8% in April from the same month last year, the biggest gain this year, American Trucking Associations said May 20.
Its seasonally adjusted monthly index rose to a reading of 129.2. ATA uses the year 2000 as a 100-reading baseline.
Month-to-month, tonnage rose 1.5% in April, following a 0.6% gain in March.
The not seasonally adjusted index — which represents tonnage actually hauled by fleets — rose 1.6% in April from the previous month, to a reading of 131.5.
Year-to-date, tonnage is up 2.9% through April from the same period last year.
“April was the third straight gain in tonnage totaling 4%,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. Tonnage is off 1.4% from its all-time high in November.