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The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released a white paper highlighting a challenging future for the trucking industry. The findings document implications for the ongoing driver shortage.
ATRI’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data found that the trucking industry is disproportionately dependent on employees 45 years of age or older, many of whom will retire in the next 10-20 years. Complicating this is a sharp decrease over the past 20 years in the number of younger drivers that make up the industry, particularly those 35 and under.
“The average age of our current driver workforce is 52 and we’re noticing fewer and fewer younger individuals applying for jobs in recent years,” said Keith Tuttle, founder, Motor Carrier Service Inc. and a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee. “If the industry doesn’t collectively figure out how to recruit younger drivers, we may not have anyone left to haul freight in the coming decades. With more and more of the nation’s freight being hauled by trucks now and in the future, this is a piece of the puzzle we have to solve.”
A copy of the white paper is available from ATRI’s website.