Turnover of U.S. truckload drivers surges in second quarter

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reports that the driver turnover rate at truckload carriers in the United States surged in the second quarter of the year, a sign that the market for drivers is quickly tightening.

“We saw double digit gains in the annualized turnover rate for both small and large truckload fleets,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello.. “After a period of relatively low turnover, it appears the driver market is tightening again, which coupled with increased demand for freight movement, could rapidly exacerbate the driver shortage.”

According to ATA’s quarterly report, the turnover rate at large truckload carriers jumped 16 percentage points to 90% – the highest it has been since the final quarter of 2015. The 16-point increase is the largest quarterly jump since the fourth quarter of 2010.

At smaller carriers, fleets with less than $30 million in annual revenue, the turnover rate swelled by 19 percentage points to 85%, the highest it has been since the first quarter of 2016.

The turnover picture at less-than-truckload fleets was more muddled, with over-the-road LTL turnover dipping one point to 9%, but the rate for local LTL drivers was 14%, up two percentage points from the previous quarter and the highest rate in three years.

Source: ATA

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