Driver shortage squeezing trucking industry
As the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, some careers viewed as blue collar are seeing a drop in numbers.
One of those is the trucking industry. There is a shortage of truck drivers across the industry, said Donna Randall, director of business development for Classic Transportation & Warehousing.
According to a recent “state of logistics” report, the industry is short 30,000 drivers nationwide and could see even more openings in the coming years as an aging work force heads toward retirement.
A glance at almost any job-posting board shows plenty of openings because drivers are hard to come by right now.
“There’s a negative stereotype against truck drivers,” she said. “They aren’t treated very nice because it’s not viewed as a very glamorous position.”