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Why are There so Many Jobs in Trucking Now? 

There’s a time-tested economic idea centered around the idea that the price of a good or service is dictated by that good’s supply and that good’s demand. If supply goes up and demand remains constant the price drops. If the demand goes up and supply remains constant, the price goes up. If demand goes up while supply goes down, the price goes up significantly. Keep that last sentence in mind, we’ll come back to it in a minute.

We can easily identify what is happening to this supply-demand relationship by looking at “spot prices” and “contract prices.” A spot price and a contract price in trucking are the per-mile costs to ship goods. For example, a $2.15 spot price in Dallas, TX means that trucking companies in Dallas at this hour will deliver a company’s merchandise for $2.15 per mile. Contract prices are generally negotiated on a longer-term basis, say one year. If a trucking company accepts a $2.15 contract price, that means they will deliver merchandise for that per-mile rate for a set time-period. Spot and contract prices fluctuate constantly depending on the need for truck drivers (think: demand) and the availability of truck drivers (think: supply).
When spot and contract prices both increase, it means that the demand for truck deliveries is increasing, the supply for truck deliveries is decreasing, or both events are occurring. The bad news for merchandisers (and great news for trucking companies and truck drivers) is that both contract and spot prices have been increasing steadily over the past several years, indicating that more deliveries need to be made, but that America lacks enough drivers to fulfill those deliveries. Heartland Express, a large trucking company, turns down nearly 100,000 loads per week, citing lack of enough drivers as the reason ( Trucking jobs are in high demand, and they will be for a very long time, visit here to get more information. 

The implications are stark for everybody. When trucking companies demand higher rates to haul goods, these increased costs are passed on to consumers. Everything in your local store is delivered by semi-truck at some point, so if you see prices for items ranging from batteries to cleaning supplies increasing, rest assured that increased transportation costs are partially to blame.Reasons that Demand is Increasing:

1.) Globalization. In the last 20 years, the world has become increasingly more global. What this means is, it is very easy for somebody in America to place an order from an international company located in Asia, South America, or Europe, and have merchandise shipped over to America. When that merchandise is received in American ports, it needs to be delivered to locations all across America. Often times, merchandise is loaded into rail cars, which are then sent to various locations across the US. At some point, though, that merchandise needs to be off-loaded from a rail car onto a semi truck and delivered to a warehouse or store. In other cases, the merchandise never sees a rail car in the first place (trucks are much faster), and merchandise heads straight from the port or the airport to a warehouse. Working as a truck driver, you can rest easy knowing you would have a secure job down the road. So if you are interested, check these CDL Truck Driver Positions.