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Experts say reports of an American truck driver shortage are overblown

Added 12-05-21 01:14:02pm EST - “The notion of a trucker shortage is a narrative decades in the making that has long been a point of hot debate in the industry.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Experts say reports of an American truck driver shortage are overblown”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As US shoppers face empty shelves and skyrocketing prices while goods pile up at key US ports, many are quick to blame a national truck driver shortage, but experts say the shortage has been overblown.

The notion of a trucker shortage is a narrative decades in the making that has long been a point of hot debate in the industry, but more recently the idea has become a scapegoat for shipping delays, experts say.

"Somehow companies have found a way to pin the entire crisis on the backs of truck drivers," Billy Randel, a long-haul trucker and the organizer of the Truckers Movement for Justice, told Insider. "This notion of a trucker shortage has been circulated to the point that it's just become accepted by news outlets, companies, and customers alike — even without the data to back it up."

Earlier this year, the American Trucking Association (ATA) reported a shortage of 80,000 truckers. Insider spoke with seven experts, both academic and within the industry, that said the trucker shortage has been misconstrued, and is modest at best. An ATA spokesperson did not provide comment before publication.

In November, monthly employment levels in the industry were within 1% of pre-pandemic levels, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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