National surveys show consumers’ mood is brightening, and it’s not just holiday cheer. The more positive outlook has a lot to do with the steep drop in gasoline prices since last summer. 2015 holds the promise of more price relief not only at the gas pump but also at grocery stores.
Trucking companies across the country are posting help wanted signs and raising hiring incentives as the manufacturing economy appears to slowly recover. But, a combination of volatile diesel prices, new federal rules, and a shrinking workforce pool is creating a significant shortage of truck drivers.