Women made up 7.8 percent of the U.S. truck driving pool – the highest recorded, according to the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) annual American Trucking Trends report.
About 7.65 million Americans were employed in the trucking industry, almost half of which are truck drivers. Nearly 92 percent of all fleets operated six or fewer trucks and 97.4 percent have fewer than 20 trucks.
“We knew that the pandemic had a significant impact on our industry, but this year’s Trends shows that despite those challenges, the trucking industry remained our nation’s lifeline – delivering the life-saving and life-sustaining essentials our country needed in a time of great need,” said ATA chief economist Bob Costello.
The report states the U.S. industry moved 10.23 billion tons of freight last year, down from 11.84 billion the previous year. The industry generated $732.3 billion in revenue and carried 70.9% of the value of surface trade between Canada and the U.S.
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