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Subject:  Re: Disability: How the unemployed survive Date:  3/25/2013  12:34 PM
Author:  jerryab Number:  418865 of 539138

one of his discussion points was about the desperate shortage of truck drivers in the US with average age of existing drivers over 55 years of age. I'm reasonably sure driving trucks does not require a masters degree... and they do pay very well but for some reason nobody seems to want to do the job.

If it really was a "good gig", then few truckers would quit the business (because it was so profitable--right?). The facts say differently.

Most truckers are independent contractors--not salaried. I just got a quote for a 1000-mile one-way delivery (full 40' container = $2500-$2600), takes 2 days. Biggest cost = fuel, of course. Then there is the cost of buying the unit--$100+k. Truck stops are NOT "low cost" anything.
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