Despite a national jobless rate that remains over 8%, the American Trucking Associations is putting out a call for qualified drivers.
USA Today reports that many of the country’s major companies are experiencing a shortage of truck drivers, which is pushing up freight costs and delaying a number of deliveries.
It’s getting harder to get drivers, Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Oregon and incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told the news outlet. “I could hire 50 guys right now.” He said he now employs 393 drivers.
Many businesses said they will only hire qualified drivers who have the proper training on their resume after the government began posting safety ratings of trucking companies. Drivers must also have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) on their resume in addition to the proper education.
The shortage is also expected to worsen when stricter federal limits on the number of hours a driver can work goes into effect next year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for tractor-trailer truck drivers are expected to increase faster than the average of other occupations, by 21%, through 2020.