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One Corner of the Trucking Market Suggests the Economy Is Slowing

Students drive semi trucks while practicing for their commercial driver's license (CDL) test at Truck America Training of Kentucky in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Students drive semi trucks while practicing for their commercial driver's license (CDL) test at Truck America Training of Kentucky in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

There’s no one simple number to gauge the health or strength of the trucking market. There are different routes and lanes that fluctuate due to various supply and demand imbalances. And there are different types of trucking markets — including refrigerated and cargo — that serve distinct parts of the market.

But flatbed trucking, as discussed on a recent episode of the Odd Lots podcast, is often associated with the housing and construction markets. And it now appears that it’s softening, like other parts of the trucking economy.