According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the United States needs 20,000 new truck drivers right now, and that number needed could rise to 111,000 by 2014.
Why the shortage?
This is probably not a news flash to any readers here, but trucking is a tough job and not everyone is cut out for it. The hours are long, the pay is better in other fields, and a truck driver spends a lot of time away from family.
Besides the shortage of new truck drivers, the average driver is getting older, with 50 as the average age of a trucker.
The need for truckers is compounded by the role truckers play in the just-in-time economy. Your local supermarket or big-box store needs stocking, and trucks are still the major carrier of goods and services.
What can be done to get more drivers on the roads? Some states are offering programs to get retrain workers and military veterans for a new career.
Some truckers feel it is more than pay or hours, but a matter of respect for the work they do and the important part of the national economy they fulfill.
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