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Month: February 2017

Trucking employment drops in U.S. in January alone, more jobs added

Over 227,000 jobs were added to the U.S. market last month, a positive step for Americans in the job market.

The job gain has been a significant one, and a job increase like this hasn’t been occurred since September.

Although the unemployment rate was 4.8 per cent last month, an increase from December, that is because more Americans are looking for work and not all have found jobs in the immediate future.

Source: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER/ AP Economics Writer

In this photo taken last July, Reina Borges, left, stands in line to apply for a job with Aldi at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Friday the Labor Department issued its jobs report for January, which revealed 227,000 jobs were added during the month. (Associated Press: LYNNE SLADKY)

New Cascadia in Production

Freightliner Trucks announced its new Cascadia 126” BBC Day Cab and 72” Raised Roof Sleeper Cab are in production.

The new flagship Cascadia truck models will be redesigned with emphasis on the following solutions: fuel efficiency, connectivity, quality, safety, driver experience and uptime.

Additional improvements to the Cascadia include gauge and switch layouts, driver loft configuration, a redesigned sleeper area, and a Murphy style bed and cargo shelf option.

Production is underway and new models will be rolling off the assembly line in the near future.


Freightliner Cascadia.

Tire prices on the rise for trucks

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An increase in the price of raw materials could cause an increase in tire prices, manufacturers warn.

Yokohama will also be increasing prices, but by 7% beginning April 1st.

According to the vice-president of sales at Yokohama, the pricing increase is necessary to accommodate for the high cost of raw materials.


Trudeau & Trump to work together on new Keystone XL pipeline

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions at a news conference with his cabinet after their Liberal cabinet retreat in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Todd Korol/Canadian Press)

President Donald Trump’s decision to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline project will be a positive step for Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.

The pipeline will deliver Canadian jobs and improve government coffers. It will also help Alberta recover from a decline in oil prices.

The project could result in bringing more than 800,000 barrels of oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas.

Negotiations for the pipeline, however, are outside of the federal government’s hands, and are the responsibility of TransCanada.

If all goes well over the course of the project, by 2030, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has forecasted supply will grow to over 5 million barrels. As a result, oil and gas producers could be flush with space on the pipeline of all projects are constructed. This will, as a result, delay the TransCanada project Energy East.

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