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FREIGHT SHIPPING STUMBLED IN APRIL

Ports, domestic demand measures show U.S. shipments faltering after a weak first quarter

U.S. freight transportation businesses are heading into the warm-weather months in a shipping slump.

Operators from seaports in California to trucking companies across the Midwest are reporting that their volumes have been stagnant or falling in recent weeks, suggesting that retailers and manufacturers are holding back on moving more goods amid persistently high inventory

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STUDY SHOWS VALUE OF DYNAMIC FORECASTING IN INTERMODAL MANAGEMENT

The U.S. employment numbers for May, released Friday, highlight a rift in transportation hiring: Warehousing is gaining jobs at a healthy rate, while trucking is losing them.

Warehousing and storage businesses added 3,000 jobs from April to May, a 6.5 percent year-over-year increase and the 29th straight month of job growth in the warehousing sector.

The for-hire trucking industry lost 2,400 jobs, the third time this year

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