ARLINGTON, Va., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Trucking Associations has released the latest edition of its annual statistical compendium, American Trucking Trends 2011, for sale through its commercial arm, ATA Business Solutions.
"For over 60 years, Trends has provided a profile of the dynamics shaping the trucking industry," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "It is the singularly most important guide to trucking facts and figures and also serves as a vital source of information on major trucking and transportation issues."
Among the facts contained in this year's edition of Trends:
The trucking industry employs nearly 7 million people – including more than 3 million drivers, 164,000 of whom are women.
Texas has the greatest number of people employed in the trucking industry, but on a percentage basis Nebraska ranks first.
Trucks consumed 33.9 billion gallons of diesel fuel in 2010.
Class 8 trucks traveled more than 108 billion miles.
Commercial trucks of all classes paid $34.3 billion in federal and state highway-user taxes.
"Trends gives us a snapshot of important information that decision makers and policy makers need to guide them," said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. "The data collected here is just as important in the board room as it is in the hearing room."