Overdrive Extra

Max Heine

For the newly jobless, driving never looked so good

| February 27, 2009

Recent trucking news has reported the reversal of the driver shortage, which had appeared to be, as Jesus said of the poor, with us forever. Friday’s Wall Street Journal highlights how the competition for drivers is worse than ever partly because of people recently unemployed from car plants or construction and desperate for a paycheck.

 

At Prime Inc., even white collar workers are knocking on the door, a recruiting director told the Journal. The company “now more closely scrutinizes an applicant‘s driving record, number of prior jobs held and other qualifications,” says the Journal.

 

At Con-Way Truckload, “I’ve never seen it like this in 24 years,” says President Herb Schmidt.

 

— Max Heine