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A Shortage of Truckers Could Hurt the Economy

A Shortage of Truckers Could Hurt the Economy

The American Trucking Association says the industry is short about 30,000 drivers and it'll be short 200,000 in ten years. But not everyone agrees.

Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman says if true, it'll hit consumers in the wallet.

"If you don't have enough drivers you end up seeing delays in deliveries; shortages and ultimately you'll see some increases in price as well."

But Dr. Perryman says a shortage will naturally attract more truckers. Norita Taylor with the Owner/Operator Independent Drivers Association says there's no shortage anyway.

"We don't think there's a shortage of truck drivers. What we see is high turnover in trucking."

Taylor says wages and working conditions are bad for truckers.

 

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