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The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Without the industry and our truck drivers, the economy would come to a standstill. To move 10.5 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. It also takes almost 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. Simply - without trucks, America stops.

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The for-hire trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers. Despite the national unemployment rate being under 5%, the industry struggles to find enough qualified drivers. The shortage stood at roughly 36,500 in 2016 due to a multitude of reasons, including demographic, regulatory, and the fact drivers are away from home for a period of time, among other factors. This figure was down from 45,000 in 2015 but was expected to surpass 50,000 by the end of 2017.

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