Truck driver shortage affecting SC & nation could raise prices

There’s a shortage of truck drivers in South Carolina and nationwide, which means job opportunities, but could also mean higher prices for you. Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the U.S. will need about 330,000 more truck drivers by 2020. Some estimates are even higher.

There are several reasons for the shortage. A driver is out on the road and not at home every night. The average age of truck drivers nationwide is 55, according to the BLS, so a lot of drivers are nearing retirement age. And at the other end of the age spectrum, you have to be 21 years old to drive, which means someone coming out of high school at 18 finds something else to do before he’s old enough to drive a truck. The demand for drivers is also increasing because the economy is starting to improve, so there are more retail goods, equipment, and building supplies that need to be moved by truck. To read the full article, go to Truck Driver Shortage Affecting SC and Nation.