Facing A Critical Shortage Of Drivers, The Trucking Industry Is Changing
February 11, 20195:01 AM ET | Heard on Morning Edition
It’s never been harder to hire long-haul truck drivers, even though companies are making the job more lucrative, less aggravating and more inclusive.
The driver shortage stretches back a quarter century, and lately a run-up in freight demand, staggeringly high turnover rates and waves of baby boomer retirements are compounding the problem.
The American Trucking Associations figures companies need about 60,000 drivers, a number that could top 100,000 in just a few years.
Trucks move almost all of the food and other items Americans purchase, and the shortage of drivers is driving up shipping rates.
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