Truckers Hope for Solid Year

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM EDT

Truckers put on the brakes in January, but they do hope things speed up this year. The American Trucking Association says truckers handled less freight in January, but they says it's likely due to the fact that December was so strong. There was a 9 percent gain in December, but a five percent drop in January, though the January numbers were still higher than January 2011. Trucks carry most U.S. freight, so the industry is viewed as a barometer of the nation's economy. A new report by On Numbers says more than 11,000 WNY households make more than $200,000 a year!

Researchers say 11,664 households in Erie and Niagara Counties are above the $200,000 threshold for earnings and benefits. That's 2.5 percent of the households in the two-county area. Buffalo ranks 247th out of almost 1,000 areas. The most affluent is in Connecticut.

The WNY Women's Foundation is celebrating its success and looking to the future. The organization helps women with services like child care at the Belle Center in Buffalo, job training and more. The WNY Women's Fund was created as a program of the United Way in 1999 and is now its own organization. Last night, the group held an event to celebrate at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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