Trucking Industry Down 80,000 Drivers


I’m Lauren Moss with today’s AgDay Minute.

The trucking industry says its already serious labor shortage is getting even worse. According to the American Trucking Association, the industry is down some 80-thousand drivers. That’s an all-time record high.

The industry was already short more than 60-thousand drivers before the pandemic. A spokesman says many drivers are retiring or just leaving the industry. Analysts say the driver shortage is contributing to that huge backlog at US ports and supply chain slowdowns we’ve been telling you about.

So where have all the workers gone? Many have started their own businesses. The Census Bureau reports applications for “employer identification numbers” that entrepreneurs need to start a business, have topped 5 million over the past 12-months. That’s the highest level according to records reaching back to 2004.

The Centers for Disease Control is blaming onions as the cause of a salmonella outbreak in 37-states. Officials say the outbreak sickened hundreds of people, but no deaths have been reported.

The source: whole red, white, and yellow onions imported from Mexico and distributed in the US by Prosource. The CDC says you should throw the onions away and then wash any surfaces they may have come in contact with. Also, throw away any unlabeled whole red, white or yellow onions. The FDA says the import dates for the onions are from July 1st to August 27th.

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