Capitol Report: U.S. economy can’t keep on truckin’ without more drivers to ease flat-bed shortage

Bloomberg News/Landov
The U.S. needs a lot more truckers to keep the economy running smoothly, but women, younger people and college-educated Americans aren’t rushing to apply for thousands of open jobs.

If the nine-year-old U.S. expansion finally grinds to a halt, a lack of truck drivers is likely to be a culprit in fouling up the gears of the economy.

A shortage of truck drivers has been building for several years, but now the problem is especially acute. Companies increasingly complain about longer delivery times for supplies and rising transportation costs — costs that could lead to higher prices for consumers and more inflation.

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