Truck driver shortage is impacting St. Louis economy

Truck driver shortage is impacting St. Louis economy
September 20, 2018 Jerry Vallely

This story was originally published on FOX 2 NOW on September 19, 2018.


“ST. LOUIS – There’s a trucker shortage across the U.S. and we’re also seeing the impact in St. Louis.

According to the American Trucking Associations, there’s a shortage of roughly 50,000 truck drivers across the country right now.

The students at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park are getting 5-8 eight job offers each when they graduate from the training program.

A nationwide truck driver shortage has students like Mohamad Osman traveling down a new career path.

He says, “There’s a lot of high demand right now for truck drivers and there’s a career guarantee so I want to give this a shot and see where it will take me.”

The demand for truckers is driving up wages. They make between $35,000- $60,000 a year…”

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