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The U.S. is short 80,000 truck drivers

Before COVID-19 slowed everything down, the nation was facing a shortage of truck drivers. But the pandemic has only aggravated that problem.

Before the pandemic, it was estimated the nation was short 60,000 drivers. Now, that number has grown to 80,000 . 

That’s according to Arizona Trucking Association President and CEO Tony Bradley. 

He says the current workforce is aging. 

“Prior to the pandemic, our average age of our drivers was north of 55 years old. We’ve got a lot of men and women who have quite frankly reached retirement age, and during the pandemic when there was a slow down, they decided to hang it up," Bradley said. 

Bradley added that with the holidays coming, there are only more shortages in store. 

He says that’s due to the ongoing congestion in the supply chains.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.