Truck Driver Shortage in Sharpsburg, North Carolina

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  • 03/25/2019
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Truck Driver Shortage
There are many reasons for the current driver shortage, but one of the largest factors is the
relatively high average age of the existing workforce. The current average driver age in the
OTR (Over-the-Road) TL (Truckload) industry is 49. In addition, the industry has historically struggled to attract all segments of the population as just 5.8% of truck drivers are women. This share has been essentially unchanged over time. Conversely, today 38.6% of dri...

  • Education:Finished High School
  • Type Of Work:Full Time
  • Transportation:Not applicable
  • Experience:Under 1 year

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Truck Driver Shortage
There are many reasons for the current driver shortage, but one of the largest factors is the
relatively high average age of the existing workforce. The current average driver age in the
OTR (Over-the-Road) TL (Truckload) industry is 49. In addition, the industry has historically struggled to attract all segments of the population as just 5.8% of truck drivers are women. This share has been essentially unchanged over time. Conversely, today 38.6% of drivers are minorities, which has
jumped 12 percentage points from 26.6% in 2001. Today, motor carriers struggle to find enough qualified drivers, which makes the shortage “feel” much worse. Many carriers, despite being short drivers, are highly selective in hiring drivers because they have made safety and professionalism high priorities. The effects of the driver shortage can be felt throughout

the economy, as 68.9% of all freight tonnage is moved on the nation’s highways. Specifically, according to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), 34% of trucking’s operational costs per mile is driver pay, which, with the recent drop in fuel prices, is quickly putting driver pay as the largest operational cost. And as driver pay increases due to the shortage, it has a significant impact on fleets. Additionally, as volumes increase, the existing driver pool is only more strained.

The American Trucking Associations figures companies need about 60,000 drivers, a number that could top100,000 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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