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Truckers share concerns amid nationwide supply issues

Ricky Jackson, A truck driver from East Texas shared his outlook on the trucking industry shortage issues Sunday while at a local travel stop in St. Joseph.

Posted: Oct 25, 2021 12:56 AM
Updated: Oct 25, 2021 2:29 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) As the nationwide supply chain issues continue to dominate the headlines truck drivers around the country share how they're being affected.

"The ports are full," Ricky Jackson, truck driver, said. 

Jackson, who passed through town Sunday. with so much inventory at the ports and still coming in, there's a bigger need for it all to get to the shelves.

"There's a lot of trucking companies from what I hear are looking for more drivers on a larger scale," Jackson said. 

At the same time, a labor shortage brought on by the pandemic only adds to that need.

Jackson said the shortage of drivers has led shipping companies to hire as many applicants as they can, and that means many are rolling out the red carpet for those willing to sign up to drive a big rig.

Jackson works for a smaller shipping company and doesn't expect these issues to affect him over the next few months.

He does have concerns over the long term, due to fuel prices.

"Right now fuel is skyrocketing," He said.  "That has a lot to do with our industry."

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It was a pleasant start to the weekend with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid 60s. A cold front moving through the area will bring us down into the 30s for lows overnight with gusty winds up to 20 mph. This will keep our highs in the 50s on Sunday under mostly sunny skies with mild winds from the southwest. Temperatures will quickly start to warm up again on Monday with highs in the mid 60s. Rain chances look to stay minimal into next week. Temperatures are forecasted to stay above average for the first day of December on Wednesday.
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