Demand for drivers spikes 20 percent

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Updated Mar 13, 2013

truck driverIn a report released last week from WANTED Analytics, nearly a quarter-million truck driving jobs were advertised online in the 90 days preceding March 5 — a 20 percent increase compared to the same 90-day period in 2012.

The New York area saw the largest growth — 41 percent increase year over year — of all metropolitan areas, with Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston rounding out the top five areas in terms of ad posting. Dallas saw the second-highest growth percentage, 34 percent, year over year.

Moreover, WANTED also scores hiring difficulty of occupations with its Hiring Scale, and it has concluded that truck drivers score a 93 out of 99 (where 99 represents the most difficult hiring situation). “Recruiters and hiring managers are likely to also experience a longer time-to-fill,” says WANTED’s report, due to “increased competition from employers to attract candidates.

The national average posting period of a truck driving job is about 6.5 weeks, the report says.

The most difficult places to recruit drivers, says WANTED, are Bismarck, N.D., Hinesville, Ga., and Bowling Green, Ky. The least difficult places to recruit are Salisbury, Md., Morristown, Tenn., and Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.

WANTED measures local job market conditions by comparing hiring demand and the labor supply, it says.