How is a major labor shortage affecting the trucking industry?

The trucking industry is facing a significant labor shortage around the country. Recruiters are desperately attempting to attract new workers with low job requirements and high wages, however, new hires are barely putting a dent in the widening hole of the labor force. Not only is the industry having a hard time recruiting new workers, it cannot hold onto existing ones. There is a 94 percent turnover in the trucking industry. The industry is having a hard time finding new workers while holding onto existing ones because being a trucker can be lonely and dangerous. Most truckers must spend long stretches away from their families. Worse yet, truckers have some of the most dangerous jobs in America. They are vulnerable to serious motor vehicle accidents. According to the U.S. Labor Department, more than 1,000 truckers died in accidents in 2016. This means that being a commercial truck driver is eight times deadlier [...]