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Weekly Driver Recruiting Report – August 31, 2022

The Weekly Report brings you updated data on recruiting metrics including click, search, and spot rates, plus a new story of the week. This week’s story – Will hair follicle testing be reported to the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in the near future?

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Numbers at a Glance

Spot Rates
WOW: Down 3¢ per Mile
Spot Rates by Segment
WoW: Dry Van Up 1¢ per Mile
WoW: Refrigerated Down 3¢ per Mile
WoW: Flatbed Down 4¢ per Mile
Load Posting Volume
WOW: Up 1%
Load Volume by Segment
WoW: Dry Van Up 4%
WoW: Refrigerated Up 11%
WoW: Flatbed Down 4%
Truck Postings
WOW: Down 1%
Truck Driver Searches
WOW: Up 6%
MoM: Up 5%
YoY: Down 30%
Clicks on Truck Driver Postings
WOW: Up 4%
MoM: Up 10%
YoY: Up 58%

August 31, 2022 Driver Recruiting Insights

Would you like to have your own copy of the trucking industry data? All of the information covered in this week’s report for August 31, 2022, is available for your convenience in PDF form below. Click the image to view and download your copy of the Weekly Trucking Insight.

Weekly Insights - August 31, 2022
Weekly Trucking Insight – August 31, 2022

Weekly Report Transcript – August 31, 2022

Hello everyone and welcome to the Weekly Report. For Randall Reilly, I’m Joshua Miller. Let’s dive right in.


Searches were up 6% WoW and 5% MoM but declined by 30% YoY. Clicks were up all the way around. Totals increased by 4% WoW, 10% MoM, and 58% YoY.


Load postings were up by 1% with gains of 4% in dry van loads and 11% for refrigerated, but a drop of 4% in flatbed loads WoW. The load postings were mixed by region with declines in three of the largest regions by volume (those being the Midwest, Southeast, and South-Central regions) and volume shooting up by 19% over on the West Coast.

Truck availability dipped by 1% WoW as the overall load-to-truck ratio edged higher, its first WoW increase in 10 weeks.

Spot rates dipped by 3¢ per mile WoW. When excluding fuel surcharges, overall spot rates are now down 24% YoY.

Dry van rates increased by 1¢, refrigerated fell by 3¢, and flatbed rates were down 4¢ per mile WoW.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is now accepting public comments to amend the federal regulations surrounding drug testing. The Trucking Alliance, a group of large carriers, has requested that hair drug testing results be reported to the FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

The FMCSA currently lacks the authority to grant the exemption and must wait for further action to be taken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Current federal law requires truck drivers to be tested via a urine sample. Fleets are permitted to use hair testing results internally but under current regulations, they are prohibited from reporting those results at the federal level.

Hair follicle testing has a longer look-back window than urine tests. The standard urine test can detect drug use going back a few days or possibly weeks (depending on the drug). Follicle tests, however, can find drug use going back about 90 days. It’s also been found that hair tests yield more positive results for hard drugs such as cocaine, opioids, and meth.

That does it for the Weekly Report. We hope this information has been useful to you. As always if you take a look down in the description on YouTube or in the body of the page on our Randall Reilly site you can download your own PDF copy of our Weekly Trucking Insights which covers everything we went over in today’s report. We’ll be back next week with more updated recruiting data and another new story of the week. Until then, have a great week everybody.