There's good news and bad news about trucking these days.
The good news is traffic is up! A good sign for the economy! (OK, there's a caveat, but more on that in a minute).
The bad news? That the good news may lead to an economic headwind you weren't expecting.
Is this good news/bad news important? You betcha. After all, trucks manage about 70 percent of the nation's commerce. Face it, if you bought it at a store, it probably got there on a truck. So pay attention.
"Trucking stats are often used as a gauge (one of many) on the health of the economy," pointed out Greg McBride, senior economist for Bankrate.com. "All in all, an increase in tonnage is reflective of increased demand, and that is a positive economic indicator."