Truck driver shortage remains

In continuing coverage, the trucking industry has faced a driver shortage since early this year. 

According to an estimate by American Trucking Associations the industry is at least 50,000 drivers short nationwide. 

We took a look at how this shortage is affecting North Dakota. 

According to job service, drivers here are needed in the oil and gas industry, agriculture, and construction. 

They say most of the job postings they see related to that industry don’t have drivers behind wheel all the time. 

They just want drivers to have a commercial drivers license.

“There’s quite a few positions where people have to have that CDL but, driving the truck, operating the truck is not going to be the majority of their job. The majority of their job maybe maintaining equipment, operating equipment, things like that,” said Susan Ogurek with Job Service ND. 

She adds that the job service database is seeing less resumes uploaded for the trucking  industry compared to 2017.

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