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Biden to highlight government efforts to boost truck jobs

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans Monday to highlight progress made on his administration’s plan to boost trucking jobs to strengthen U.S. supply chains.

In the afternoon’s remarks, Biden is expected to say last year was the best since 1994 for truck job growth on record, the White House said. After the administration introduced theirs plan to boost employment in the truck sector In December, the US had the best three-month streak for long-distance truck shutdowns since the 1990s, it said.

Biden will discuss efforts to expedite the issuance of commercial driver’s licenses, which are required to operate trucks. The White House said states have issued more than 876,000 of those special licenses since January 2021 and trucking employment now exceeds pre-pandemic levels by 35,000 jobs.

The government has also made it a priority to hire more military veterans and women in the male-dominated industry. As part of the plan, the industry has partnered with major veterans organizations “to support the recruitment and retention of veterans and military family members in trucking,” the White House said.

“Trucking moves 72 percent of goods in America and is a linchpin in our supply chain for moving goods,” the White House said in a preview of the progress report. “Trucking costs have risen more than 20 percent over the past year as a pandemic-driven surge in demand for goods offset a decline in pre-pandemic trucking employment. The low supply of drivers is due to high fluctuation and low job quality.”

To improve retention and prevent rapid turnover in the trucking industry, the administration has nearly doubled trucking apprenticeship programs through 100 employers and seven trade associations, the White House said. It also held several listening sessions with truck drivers, lawyers and unions to understand how truck jobs can be made more attractive and of better quality.

The plan is part of a joint effort by the Departments of Transportation and Labor and stems from infrastructure legislation that Congress passed and signed into law by Biden last year.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-highlight-administrations-efforts-boost-trucking-jobs-rcna22799 Biden to highlight government efforts to boost truck jobs

Caroline Bleakley

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