Supply chain shortage: US needs more truck drivers to help move freight
Whether you realize it or not, we’ve all felt the effects of a disrupted supply chain.
And some, like Demetrious Price, hope to get a job out of it.
“The offers and bonuses that people are offering right now are so high,” Price said. “You earn ten times as much as you would do anything else outside the gate.”
Price is among a record number of students enrolling at The Lone Star College Commercial Truck Driving Program.
“There are now companies looking to hire our inexperienced beginner drivers who in the past would never even consider hiring a student,” said lead instructor Martin Molina. “I asked them that question. Their answer is that there just aren’t that many pilots to choose from.”
According to the American Trucking Associations, it would take about 80,000 additional truck drivers to keep supplies coming and going as they should.
There was already a shortage before the start of the pandemic, but it has increased by about 30% since then.
“It opens the door for me to do just about anything without needing that much experience,” Price said. “It helps me a lot.”
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