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Sep 29, 2016

DRIVERS' SHORTAGE * USA: FEMALE TRUCKERS 5,1 % of truck drivers

* DC - Number of female truckers slides as women face industry hurdles

--- Trucking has a lower percentage of women in the workforce, according to the federal government... Women made up 46.8 percent of all laborers 16 years or older last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But of the more than 2 million workers in the trucking transportation field, just 11.4 percent were female. And their ranks continue to shrink... Even as the overall number of active truckers in the U.S. swelled 1.8 percent year over year to 3.5 million in 2015, the cadre of female drivers shrank 10 percent, or 20,000, to 177,000, according to a recent report from the American Trucking Assns... The most recent count has women constituting just 5.1 percent of truck drivers — the smallest percentage since 2011... Ellen Voie, president of the nonprofit Women In Trucking organization said, female truckers want good relationships with their dispatchers and a sense of purpose, she said. And they need guidance... 
(Photo: Getty - Female trucker in the cab of a truck) -- Washington, DC, USA - Trucks.com, by TIFFANY HSU - SEPT 28, 2016

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