The U.S. Trucking Industry Continues to See a Driver Shortage

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

Thirty-five-year-old Ruebin Scott has been a trucker for 10 years. He says he's been through a divorce and his current marriage is on the rocks. He partly blames all of those long hours away from home.

"If it is a Friday night, don't call a driver on Saturday morning and tell him he has got to leave out Saturday evening. You're bringing him home, but he is not getting his home time," explains Scott.

Ken Blanton, who's been trucking for 13 months, has a different complaint.

“I don't like the paperwork. The paperwork sucks. But I guess it is a government thing. You have to do it," says Blanton.

These and other issues explain the truck driver shortage around the U.S.

A recent survey shows over the next 10 years economic growth will give rise to a need for an additional 320,000 trucking jobs in the U.S.

Scott says on the flipside of the shortage, trucking comes with good benefits and strong salaries.

"Money is not bad right now. You could make $40-$50,000 easily. The money is not bad."

Some drivers we spoke with are saving up to purchase their own truck so they can keep more of their profits and set their own schedules.

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