Truck driver employment surges

by Today's Trucking

OTTAWA, Ont. – After an initial contraction in truck driver employment at the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a significant recovery in employment over the past few months, according to Trucking HR Canada.

In a Labor Market Snapshot released Monday, Trucking HR said during the first two quarters of 2020, employment of transport truck drivers declined sharply, shedding 49,000 jobs.

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Employment of truck drivers has surged in the past few months. (Source; Trucking HR)

“However, from June to August, the industry added 43,500 employed drivers, returning to well above the 10-year average employment in the occupation,” it said.

Between July and August alone, employment of truckers rose nearly 8% to more than 23,000 jobs.

“The upward trend we are seeing is even higher than predicted, signaling that our return to acute labor shortages could be here sooner than we think.”

The unemployment rate among drivers fell from a high of 12% in June to 6.3% in August, well below the national unemployment rate of 11.4%, Trucking HR said.

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The unemployment rate among drivers fell from a high of 12% in June to 6.3% in August. (Source: Trucking HR)

The report is based on the Labor Force Survey for August from Statistics Canada.

“The upward trend we are seeing is even higher than predicted, signaling that our return to acute labor shortages could be here sooner than we think,” Trucking HR said.

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  • There is no need of a labor shortage for truck and school bus drivers. The cost of housing in parts of the G T A means a truck driver( needs $28.00 per hour or average of $320cd per day) to support a wife and 3 children as the sole income earner . O T R truck drivers can not be around to help with the daily things in raising children. This means that if the truck drivers are home 2 days every second week plus 3 weeks off throughout the year for medical, legal and other things the truck drivers must make at least twice the minimum wage with E logs for O T R truck drivers. A large number of people left trucking in the last 15 months many were lease or owner ops because higher insurance costs in Ontario. We need need to have better parking and improved treatment by receivers or younger people will continue to do other things.