Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Roads Busy Again After Pandemic Bring Risk, Experts Say

Road After lighter traffic at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, cars are returning to the roads. (fstop123/Getty Images)

The nationwide lockdowns brought on by the pandemic cleared the roads of many passenger vehicles and helped truckers keep goods moving. However, as passenger cars gradually return, industry experts are considering how those pandemic-era roads affected safety and how drivers will respond once they start getting crowded again.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 20, 2021
Government, Business

Initial Jobless Claims Decline to New Pandemic Low

A construction worker walks on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News) A construction worker walks on the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell last week to a fresh pandemic low, signaling steady improvement in the job market as remaining business restrictions are lifted.

Payne Lubbers | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Fall More Than Forecast in Week Ended May 8

A sushi chef works inside a restaurant in Los Angeles. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News) A sushi chef works inside a restaurant in Los Angeles. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell to a fresh pandemic low last week as business confidence strengthens and employers seek to fill more positions left open by restrictions.

Payne Lubbers | Bloomberg News
May 13, 2021
Government, Business

Job Growth Softens, Misses Estimates

Jobs Steven Senne/Associated Press

U.S. job growth unexpectedly softened in April from the prior month, suggesting that difficulty attracting workers is slowing momentum in the labor market.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
May 7, 2021
Business

Managing Financial Risk During COVID

Financial records Roman Valiev/Getty Images

A financial services adviser urged trucking companies to learn as much as possible about new and existing customers’ ability to pay their bills, as navigating the post-pandemic economy will bring with it new challenges.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 7, 2021
Business

Trucking Growth Expected to Be Strong Amid Recovery, Expert Says

Trucks Peggy Smith/Transport Topics

Economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is putting pressure on the freight-hauling sector, and an industry expert said changes brought on by virus-related cutbacks are contributing to a tightening market that could rival earlier periods of growth.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
May 6, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

World’s Biggest Brands Adopt Checklist to Protect Seafarers

Since the start of the pandemic, some countries have halted or limited seafarer changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News) Since the start of the pandemic, some countries have halted or limited seafarer changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Unilever Plc and other big retail brands are among consumer giants adopting a toolkit to audit their shipping supply chains in an effort to help bring seafarers stuck on commercial vessels back home and eliminate human rights risks.

K. Oanh Ha and Jack Wittels | Bloomberg News
May 6, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Fall More Than Forecast to Pandemic Low

A worker serves food at a restaurant on Pier 39 in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) A worker serves food at a restaurant on Pier 39 in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment insurance fell last week to a fresh pandemic low as labor market conditions continued to improve and the economy reopened more broadly.

May 6, 2021
Government, Business

Small Business COVID-19 PPP Runs Out of Money

President Joe Biden signs the PPP Extension Act President Joe Biden signs the PPP Extension Act of 2021 on March 30. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

The Small Business Administration said May 5 that the Paycheck Protection Program has been exhausted, after giving out nearly 10.8 million loans worth more than $780 billion since April 2020.

Joyce M. Rosenberg | Associated Press
May 5, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Canadian Provinces Team With North Dakota to Vaccinate Cross-Border Truckers

Premier Brian Pallister and Gov. Doug Burgum, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallster and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burnum (on screen). (Manitoba Government via YouTube)

Leaders from North Dakota and two Canadian provinces have reached agreements to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to Canada-based truckers who cross the border to deliver goods.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 4, 2021

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