Florida Company Turns up Heat Against U.S. Truck driver Shortage

by Jana Ritter - Published: 11/15/2012

As the U.S. is finally pulling out of the economic ditch of its recession, the unemployment rate is still hovering around high and the trucking industry is finding itself at a difficult crossroads in between. As the economy fuels up productivity, trucking companies are already moving cargo full gear ahead, but can't find enough qualified drivers to keep up with the demand. The truck-driver shortage is becoming a national concern and many predict the increasing problem will drive the US economy off its current track. Arnold Trucking is one Florida company already miles ahead and using today's technology with companies like to fire up the hiring on-line.

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Many people may not realize trucks are the back bone that drives our economy forward, transporting over 80 percent of the nation's cargo and an even higher percentage of communities in every state relying exclusively on trucks for the essentials functioning our daily lives. The logic is simple; without enough truck-drivers, not enough products get moved at a fast enough rate and not only does it mean lost revenue for businesses, but increased prices for consumers when items aren't stocked sufficiently. Its supply and demand economics and right now the supply of qualified truck-drivers is falling short of the increasing demand for their service.

Truck-drivers may only be just starting to get recognition for their value to all of our lives, but traditionally their employers reward them quite well with everything from paid training, full benefits, 401K plans and annual salaries well above the national average. The U.S. Department of Labor reports the median yearly wage for tractor-trailer drivers is anywhere from $37,770 to more than $57,000. These are very good numbers for a job that does not require a college degree and certainly a rare find of a such a good starting salary and long-term job security in today's competitive and unstable job market.

The trucking industry has long been a steady provider of a significant percentage of jobs in every state and now with the economy back in forward mode, U.S. companies are expected to create more than 115,000 truck driver jobs per year through 2016. But while they may be creating these jobs, the question and growing concern is whether or not they find people to fill them. Page Siplon, executive director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics paints a clear picture of where we are now. “The number of Americans getting trained to fill those jobs each year is barely 10 percent of the total demand” he said.

Companies like Arnold Trucking add other incentives as well such as bonuses, dental plans, lay over and other additional pay, as well as rider programs where drivers can be accompanied by their spouse, child or pets. While Arnold Trucking is a company focused more on regional and local driving, they are like many other companies currently trying to improve the more difficult aspects of the job.

Arnold Trucking could be one the companies doing it right; improving the job itself and working with appealing to today's on-line crowd.