Opportunity can come from an unfilled need. That’s true here although it may be hard to believe the country is in the midst of a severe driver shortage when 40 percent of the traffic on PA interstates is trucks.
Pennsylvania employment projections point to a heavy truck driver growth rate of 8.6 percent between 2016 and 2026 and the need to hire over 10,000 drivers a year. The overall state employment growth rate will rise more slowly at 5.5 percent. Nationally average annual openings to compensate for growth, retirements and occupation changes are projected to be almost 325,000 for tractor-trailer and light truck drivers combined.
Even these numbers pale when compared to those from the American Trucking Association (ATA). They estimate the current shortage to