CDL job market report

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by lual, Jun 8, 2024.

  1. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    As of the timing of this post -- the following describes the state of the overall CDL jobs scene:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/trucking-payrolls-slide-on-weaker-freight-demand-1790eff7

    You can't read all the above without a subscription -- but you can see enough to basically understand what's really going on out there.

    That's not to imply there's no remaining opportunity to be had. Just understand that overall....the CDL job hunt is significantly tougher than say....2 years ago. Expect a lot of "no" answers....before you get that first "yes".

    So much for that driver shortage that the world used to routinely pitch.

    A lot of carriers that would previously take drivers with little to no experience -- now instead want 3 to 6 months experience. Some want even more -- or have switched to hiring teams.

    When this trend will reverse -- of course no one truly knows.

    For the foreseeable future, though -- it's basically too many drivers & trucks chasing too little freight.

    -- L
     
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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  4. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    BEWARE: Many of the remaining solo driver job openings are....in truth....for "dollar store" type accounts (e.g., "Dollar General", "Family Dollar", "Dollar Tree", etc).

    Many of the parking lots/rear areas for these stores simply are not designed/laid out to properly handle a sleeper cab with a 53-foot trailer. Many of them should have/see nothing bigger than a day cab coupled to a single-axle "pup" trailer (or some other trailer less than 40-feet long).

    Those jobs routinely are also totally driver live unload, as well. :confused: :eek:

    The bottom line: STAY AWAY from those dollar-store solo-driver gigs -- unless you are in really good physical shape -- & already have exceptional backing skills.

    Verify with the recruiter you are working with that a solo driver opportunity does not include those stores.

    -- L
     
  5. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    But wait.....the ATA says there's a trucker shortage. Somebody must be lying their arses off.....figures don't lie, but liers figure.
     
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  6. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Well that explains what I’ve been seeing. The pay isn’t t there. Local jobs are paying between $20 and $25 hr. Average is $22-$23 per hr. OT after 40. Very easy work. Good for a lazy person with no ambition in life. Plenty of those workers available. I’m bored out of my skull. Takes 5 days to do 3 days of work. I guess I should be grateful. Need 60 hrs every week for a decent check. Can’t even get that. Right now I need the flexibility. I can call in an hour late, tell them I’ll be there in a few hours. They don’t care. Good job for a retiree or lazy person with no ambition in life. Doesn’t pay much more than any other lousy job out there. Plenty of them available. Unemployment is low, not because of growth, because nobody wants any of the crappy menial jobs available. I feel the same way. Just as hungry as ever, but willing to adjust my standard of living before working for peanuts, or put up with any type of BS. Not for the current wages. Employers get what they pay for. Get what they deserve. Tired of them complaining they can’t find Workers. Pay up, or shut up.
     
  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Well, I got a surprise $300 bonus this week. Not sure why. Been getting praise for finding things wrong on the Trucks while sitting around at the yard. It’s nice, but money talks. Just when I’d decided they were limiting my hours worked to save on payroll costs. Think I’ll stick around. It’s right on time too, had to take a day off this week. Lost all my OT. About 9 or 10 hrs worth. You just never know. A big reminder to give others the benefit of a doubt before jumping to conclusions. It’s humbling.
     
  8. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

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    How would that happen ? Were theirs lips moving when they said it ? Thats a sure sign that they dont mean it
     
  9. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    I can drive a truck. Must accept cats.
     
  10. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

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  11. The one california kid

    The one california kid Medium Load Member

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    No doubt!
     
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