As Unemployment Soars, Trucking Companies Struggle to Fill Open Positions for Drivers

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Most students graduating high school need jobs, so they turn to other career fields and don't consider trucking, regardless of high sign-on bonuses offered by many companies, a top player in the bulk freight matching industry, has seen a growing number of shippers and brokers joining its site to find reliable carriers amidst a huge decline in the number of youth and unemployed persons finding jobs in the trucking industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States reported a 7.9% unemployment rate for January, 2013. How does this statistic reflect the amount of available positions at most trucking companies? Not well.

To combat this growing trend, offers shippers, brokers and carriers unique ways to get in touch with each other based on geographic location, trailer type and availability. According to Jared Flinn, operating partner at, “We provide loads and shipping contact that help connect truckers with shippers that they otherwise may never find. Our solutions allow carriers to instantly contact all shippers specific to their regions and their equipment.”

When posting loads on the site, shippers can see carriers who view the load instantly, and see all posted trucks in the surrounding area. Shippers then send one email out to every single 'lead' at once to speed up the time it takes to normally find carriers. On the carrier's end, they have the option of searching for loads by region, trailer type, radius, etc. Carriers are also then able to send one mass email out to shippers and brokers that match the carrier's criteria.

Despite these targeted, and time-saving, features, the fact remains that a mere 10% of the yearly demand for new truckers is filled in the United States. With the majority of carriers in the US nearing their mid 50's, this is an alarming statistic going forward with the industry. So why aren't job seekers and new graduates becoming OTR truck drivers? The answer, according to several sources, may be more complicated than you might think. Jared Flinn, who has had extensive experience both as a carrier and shipper, states that, “being an over-the-road driver means long hours and plenty of days away from home. Furthermore the pay isn't much better for OTR drivers compared to local drivers.” Coupled with the stress of being on time, rising fuel costs and other problems that can occur, OTR drivers are tough to come by. Flinn continues, “As for recent graduates, you have to be 21 years old to run out of state. Most students graduating high school need jobs, so they turn to other career fields and don't consider trucking, regardless of high sign-on bonuses offered by many companies.”

Still others see a more simple reason for the decline in new carriers. At the core of their argument lies a simple word – laziness. Dustin Pentz, a carrier out of Pennsylvania who is an active member on, states that the idea of being a carrier requires hard work and dedication. He also mentions that the government is too forgiving to people looking for a job, leading to them becoming comfortable and not searching for a job. will continue to help move the bulk freight industry forward into the future by offering fresh, streamlined features to shippers, brokers and carriers during this time of decreased employment.

Michael White
Senior Account Representative
800-518-9240 Ext. 3

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