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Filings for Jobless Benefits Show Steady Job Market

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Even with an increase last week, the level of U.S. filings for unemployment benefits indicates steady demand for workers, Labor Department figures showed Nov. 9. The average number of applications filed over the past month was the lowest in 44 years.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

Private Financing Tool Rejected in House Tax Bill

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Tax breaks designed to help the private sector finance infrastructure projects were not included in a Republican tax overhaul bill President Donald Trump would consider by the end of the year.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Repeal Regulation of Glider Kits

Fitzgerald Glider Kit on display at Mid-America Trucking Show John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Nov. 9 issued a proposed rule to repeal the Obama administration’s Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emission and Fuel Efficiency Standards for the glider industry.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Business

Women’s Workplace Initiatives: Start Small, Include Many, Network Finds

Peterbilt Women’s Initiative Network members at the WIT conference Peterbilt Women’s Initiative Network members at WIT's conference. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Women looking to establish initiatives that engage other women in the workplace should start small and involve all sectors of their organization, from the human resources department to executives, according to Erin Luke, fleet sales administration manager at Peterbilt Motors Co.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Business

Consumer Comfort Stays High in Positive Sign for Economy

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Americans’ confidence was little changed last week from elevated levels, underpinned by optimism about the buying climate and the economy, Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index figures showed Nov. 9.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
November 9, 2017
Business

Contract Rates Going Up in 2018 as Carriers Gain Strength

Trucks in Iowa TT File Photo

A confluence of historic trends and external events are impacting 2018 contract rate discussions that traditionally begin this time of year among carriers, shippers, logistics houses and consultants.

Burney Simpson and Ari Ashe | Staff Reporters
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

ATRI Recommends Federal Fuel Tax Increase

The American Transportation Research Institute has determined that a federal fuel tax increase is the best option for achieving a large-scale infrastructure program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

DOT to Add Four Opioids for Transportation Worker Drug Testing

DOT will test drivers for four additional opiods Tolga TEZCAN/Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans on Jan. 1 to begin testing truck drivers and other “safety-sensitive” transportation employees for the semi-synthetic opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone, the agency announced Nov. 9.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Business

Flatbed Carrier Daseke Generates Small Profit in 3Q

Daseke went public on the Nasdaq last winter Daseke just recorded its first profitable quarter since going public last winter. (Daseke Inc.)

Daseke Inc. reported a profit for the first time since it became a publicly traded company last winter, reversing losses as a private entity one year ago and two quarters in the red in 2017.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

Canadian Lumber Tariff Raises Questions About Ramifications on Trucks, Railroads

A customer shops for lumber Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

The Commerce Department slapped a 20.83% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber Nov. 2, a decision that may boost the U.S. flatbed market but suppress demand for trucking and railroad companies that operate across the nation’s northern border.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017

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