30,000 Trucking Jobs Unfilled
The trucking industry has around 30,000 unfilled jobs, as a high turnover rate and an improving economy combine to produce a driver shortage at trucking firms nationwide, according to a new report from American Trucking Associations.
ATA –which bills itself as the largest national trade association for the trucking industry – said that turnover rate at large truckload carriers as fallen somewhat in recent months, but still stands at 91%. It has stood at more than 90% for eight consecutive quarters, the group said.
Driver turnover at large carriers averaged 96% in 2013, which was just below 2012’s average of 98%. ATA said that 2005 had the worst turnover recorded, at 130%.
Small carriers are doing a bit better, but still suffer a driver turnover rate of 79%. Turnover in the “less-than-truckload” category is a reasonable 11%, ATA said.
According to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, the industry will need to add almost 100,000 drivers per year over the next ten years, just to keep up with rising demand.
So, if you — or anyone you know — is looking for a job opportunity these days, it might pay to investigate an opportunity in the trucking business. Truck driving can be a hard life, (and few drivers complain about getting rich too fast), but it looks like there is rising demand for drivers, and far too few people willing to do the job.
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