Jobs are coming back to the trucking industry—and the demand for drivers is high. According to the Labor Department’s June 4th report, for-hire trucking added 1,500 new jobs in May.
In total, there are 1.4 million workers now employed in the trucking sector, which is up 1.6% (22,400 jobs) from last year. From 2010, the post-recession low, employment is up 13.6% (175,900).
However, more drivers are desperately needed. Across the country, there is a demand for more than 30,000 drivers.
One of the driving forces behind this boom is energy production, one of the fastest growing sectors for the trucking industry.
"As the industry starts to haul more because demand goes up, we'll need to add more drivers, nearly 100,000 annually over the next decade, in order to keep pace," said Bob Costello, chief economist and vice president of the American Trucking Association.
As a result of this labor shortage, pay is likely to increase for drivers. In 2013, the national average annual salary for truck drivers was $49,540, according to the ATA.