Drivers wanted – Texas Trucking strives to keep moving – The Gilmer Mirror
(AUSTIN) — About 3.5 million truck drivers, with an average age of 46, operate on American roads, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2030, more than half of today’s truckers will be past retirement age. In the last March/April issue of Tax notesthe comptroller’s office is addressing impending labor shortages in the trucking industry.
“You may have heard that the trucking industry struggles to attract and retain employees. Big trucks are everywhere because the trucking industry is a crucial part of the economy of our state and our nation,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. “Truck driving, especially long-haul or ‘over-the-road’ trucking, is far from an easy task, and the coronavirus pandemic has only created more challenges for employees and employers. The result: trucking companies have extremely high turnover rates.
This number of Tax Notes also examines labor shortages in the nursing profession. According to a March 2022 NurseDiary analysis of data from the United States Bureau of Health Workforce, Texas had the fourth lowest nurse-to-population ratio among all states, with just 9.62 nurses per 1,000 people. The Texas Department of State Health Services predicts that within a decade Texas will face a severe shortage of nurses if demand continues to outstrip supply.
This issue also provides an update on the state’s important new Broadband Development Office, which is administered by this agency, and the significant steps being taken to close the digital divide for residents and businesses in the state. ‘State without high-speed Internet.
Tax Notes reinforces the comptroller’s constitutional responsibility to oversee the state economy and estimate state government revenues. It has been published since 1975 and features in-depth analysis of state finances and original research by subject matter experts from the Office of the Comptroller.
Tax notes is available online and can be received by subscribe via the Controller’s website.