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Drivers Wanted: Using Data to Understand the Truck Driver Shortage

Is the US logistics industry facing a dire shortage of commercial truck drivers? 

Truckload brokerage experts and logistics journalists have been going back and forth on the question for years. 

One thing everyone agrees on: drivers are indispensable to our lifestyle. They keep food, clothes, medicine, books, gadgets, and almost anything else you can name, on our shelves.

To bring research-backed insights into this important conversation, Coyote Logistics teamed up with Emsi, a leading labor market research firm, combining labor market data with on-the-ground expertise from logistics leaders.

This original research study — covered in the Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, and more — examines the extent and shape of the commercial trucking shortage, the complications from the pandemic, and the possible steps toward solutions that benefit truckers and businesses alike. 

In this original research study, you'll learn:

  • Size of the labor market for CDL drivers, including light-duty and heavy-duty
  • Analysis of competing labor markets, including warehousing
  • Number of job postings required to hire a driver
  • How COVID-19 has impacted the driver shortage
  • Key challenges to hiring and retaining drivers
  • 5 potential solutions to overcome these challenges
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