TRUCKERS' SHORTAGE * USA: Higher pay do attract talents
* DC - Low unemployment complicates trucking's hiring plans
--- Trucking companies finding it hard to “seat” drivers in their tractors will have an even tougher time recruiting the skilled people they want to hire in coming months. The latest employment data from the US Census Bureau shows they’re already struggling, with trucking payroll numbers flat in April even as the US economy expands and unemployment dwindles... That has implications for carriers, which have been adding trucks and expanding fleets in anticipation of stronger economic demand in the months ahead, and shippers that depend on the ready availability of trucks and drivers to haul goods and keep freight rates stable. There’s plenty of overcapacity right now in terms of trucks, but not, perhaps, when it comes to drivers... As the labor market tightens, trucking, like other industries, will have to use all the strategies and tools at its command, including higher pay, to attract the talent it needs...
(Photo: Trucker shortage problem for international shipping & U.S. economy) -- Washington, DC, USA - JOC, by William B. Cassidy - May 05, 2017