TRUCKING FACTS AND STATS

We thought you might be curious to know more about the trucking industry and the drivers, so here are some interesting facts and stats:

Industry:

  • 71% of all freight is moved by truck.
  • 6% of all full-time jobs are in the trucking industry.
  • Trucking industry’s revenue is more than the GDP of 150 countries.
  • Trucks move 10.8B Tons of cargo.
  • 40% of trucking industry jobs are held by minorities.
  • None of the regulators overseeing the industry have ever been a truck driver.
  • Grocery stores would run out of food in three days if not for trucks.
  • Experts estimate the industry needs to hire an additional 900,000 drivers.
  • The average long-haul truck driver logs more than 100,000 miles per year.

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Drivers:

  • In order of importance, the characteristics drivers look for in a job are:  pay, home daily, job security, enjoy the work, benefits, and treated with respect.
  • In order of occurrence, the reasons drivers leave a job are:  better pay, closer to home, lack of work, relocated, and preferred shift.
  • 35% of drivers have been at their current job for 1-3 years.
  • 43% have been truck drivers for more than 10 years.
  • 2% are 18-24 years old, 30% are 25-34 years old, 51% are 35-54, and 27% are 55 or older.
  • 88% are willing to invest four hours per week to learn a new skill.

11% of military veterans are affiliated with the trucking industry.

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