At the end July, available loads dropped to the lowest level of the year. Over the month of August, the number of available loads has remained fairly steady with no dramatic increases or decreases.
We have often noted specific areas that experience sharp changes in the number of available loads. We typically examine a snapshot of the past few months to identify trending cost fluctuations. These trends are often geographically common areas. The accompanying chart shows the average number of available loads by geographic region. You can see that the Gulf South, Southeast and Great Lakes regions have experienced some of the most dramatic changes over the past year. Conversely, the Mountain West, Southwest and Great Plains have remained fairly steady for the year.
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