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First Quarter Driver Turnover Largely Unchanged

July 9, 2014

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The turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose just one percentage point to an annual rate of 92% in the first quarter of 2014, but held above 90% for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

Turnover at small truckload fleets slipped 1 percentage point in the first quarter of the year to 78%, which was the second lowest rate during the past year. In 2005 and 2006, turnover averaged 96% and 109%, respectively, for this group.

Turnover in the less-than-truckload sector fell 1 percentage point to just 10% in the first quarter, which was the lowest mark since the second quarter 2013.

While turnover at large truckload fleets is well above the low of 39% four years ago, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said it is far from the worst the industry has seen.

“While high, turnover at large truckload carriers is lower than other years when the driver shortage was as acute,” he said. “In 2005, turnover averaged 130%. In 2006, another year with a tight driver market, turnover averaged 117% for this group of carriers.”

Costello noted that poor weather during the first quarter could have kept a lid on turnover and it could still rise as improved economic growth and healthier freight volumes put more pressure on the driver market and the driver shortage.

“Today, the industry has in the range of 30,000 to 35,000 unfilled truck driver jobs,” Costello said. “As the industry starts to haul more because demand goes up, we’ll need to add more drivers, nearly 100,000 annually over the next decade, in order to keep pace.”

 

Comments

  1. 1. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:45AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  2. 2. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:46AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  3. 3. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:47AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  4. 4. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:48AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  5. 5. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:48AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  6. 6. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:48AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  7. 7. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  8. 8. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  9. 9. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  10. 10. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  11. 11. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  12. 12. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  13. 13. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

  14. 14. John Mullen [ July 10, 2014 @ 06:49AM ]

    Great news ! Only 1 per cent higher in the driver turnover rate. The efforts of truckload management are really paying off. Only slightly more than 90 percent of the drivers they hire are swiftly leaving them - quitting ! This is great news , we are keeping the numbers down. Mr. Costello's facts and figures confirm that. We are silghtly confused, how do you have over 100 per cent of thedrivers you hired leaving ? This can only mean the exodus of new hires was joined by those of the existing work force - or are we just receiving a bit of fuzzy math ? After all these figures are originating in Wash DC, or nearby, and we know how reliable that is. Suggestion - Stop hiring drivers - then you won't have driver turnover - won't have the new hires quitting. Bout as practical as what is presently going on.
    Willing to participate in a feature article on driver turnover. Will try not to be overly offensive , promise not to name offenders in my 50 years experience.

 

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