There will be fewer truck drivers and warehouse workers available…
There will be fewer truck drivers and warehouse workers available once storm cleanup gets underway. There is already a perceived shortage of construction workers in the South and it will only get worse as skilled and unskilled labor pours in to fix the damage. Coincident will be:
- a large increase in recycling (250,000 cars to be junked in Texas alone)
- an influx of building materials – and a lot is going to areas from which backhauls are scarce
- shortages of fuel for a while
Add to that the relatively strong pricing of fuel and more warnings that there really is a shortage of drivers, and shippers can expect higher costs.