Immigrants will play a crucial role in the US Transportation sector even as the industry struggles with skill shortages. Below are some quick facts highlighting their vital nature and contribution:
The biggest demographic of the trucking industry in the US are white males aged 46 years. They are not filling all the existing cabs and drivers roles of that age that will be retiring in 20 years.
National Minority Truckers Association Chief Executive Officer Kevin Reid said that immigrants will play a crucial role in the trucking industry in the future. He said that the leadership in the industry has to do a better job in utilizing other minorities and immigrants. This is if trucking has to remain the vital support of US shipping, he added.
60% Plus of all freight traded amongst the North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA nations is hauled by truck. This is as per the Bureau of Transportation Statistics data, as quoted by the NY Times.
Company retention struggle and driver shortage are on full display in this fall even as firms report their earnings for the 3rd quarter. They have said that their costs to retain and recruit drivers are increasing.
Transport Services JB Hunt reported a 33.8 million dollars spike in the area of business. This is in comparison with the previous year.
US Federal Reserve Data reveals that much has to be done regarding the wages of US Warehouse and Transportation workers. This is inclusive of the category of Truck Drivers.
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