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Truck drivers in demand in Omaha, nationwide

Posted at 5:44 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 18:50:42-04

Trucking drives America's economy but a shortage of drivers is putting consumer goods in jeopardy.

The American Trucking Association says nationwide in 2018 there are 60,000 fewer drivers then needed.  In 2022 it's anticipated to grow to 100,000.

At Omaha's JTL Truck Driver Training, potential drivers go through a 4 week training course before being ready to hit the road.  They say 4-6 recruiters a week are coming to them looking for employees for over the road, local, and construction drivers.  JTL says companies are getting competitive for new workers, and it's a driver's market.

"Pay's getting a lot better benefits now in our industry I personally think are comparable to some in other industries. I've been in several different industries and these are some of the best i've ever had," said Jeremy Degarmo, the JTL Recruiting Manager.

Freight costs have also increased up to 10% because of the shortfall which can trickle down to things you normally purchase.