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Where Are the CDL TRUCK Drivers? A State by State Analysis

Pop quiz time: What states produce the most truck driver applications?

 

Think you can guess the top 5? How about the top 10?

Using data we’ve collected over the last 12 months through our truck driver recruiting database and extensive recruiting network (including sites like hiring-drivers.com), let’s see where the drivers are in the U.S. of A.

First up, here’s a breakdown from the last year in terms of percentage of driver applications. If you are interested contact us to find out more about our driver recruiting services.

Over the last 12 months, the top 10 states producing the most driver apps have been:

1. Texas

2. Florida

3. California

4. Georgia

5. North Carolina

6. Alabama

7. Pennsylvania

8. New York

9. Louisiana

10. Ohio

Any surprises there?

We also sliced the data from the last six months and three months, respectively, to uncover possible outliers or to see if any states might be punching above their population weight in terms of driver volume.

Over the last six months, the top 10 states producing driver apps were as follows:

1. Florida 

2. Texas

3. Georgia

4. California

5. North Carolina

6. Alabama

7. Pennsylvania

8. New York

9. Ohio

10. Louisiana

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How about Florida? Big shout-out to my home state for representing with the highest volume of truck driver apps, and showing our ability to excel in things other than embarrassing news stories and manatee harassment incidents.

Other than Florida outpacing Texas, the top 10 from the last six months is about the same.

For the last three months, the 10 states producing the most apps look pretty familiar:

1. Florida

2. Texas

3. California

4. Georgia

5. North Carolina

6. Alabama

7. Pennsylvania

8. New York

9. Ohio

10. Louisiana

Takeaway

Across the board, for a whole year, we see the same states producing the most apps. It’s more than just a year-long trend, however.

These usual suspects sync with findings from Overdrive, which analyzed state-by-state driver application density from 2008-2015. According to that application density study (driver apps per capita, relative to a state’s population): “In the per-capita analysis, Deep-South states show some of the highest densities of CDL holders treading the waters for employment. Mississippi ranked the highest, but Wyoming further afield was not far behind. Vermont and Massachusetts, on the other hand, showed the lowest per-capita density of applicants. In terms of pure volume of applications, without the per-capita adjustment, densely populated states of Texas, Florida, California and Georgia, in that order, are at the top of the list.”
Source: Where Are the Drivers? A State by State Heat Map Analysis

Trump Plans to Cut Billions From Transportation

 


President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 will cut funding to the DOT by $2.4 billion – a 13% reduction in funding from the previous year. The DOT’s TIGER grants will be among the programs eliminated entirely.

The proposed budget is titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” It covers only areas on the federal budget which are categorized as “Discretionary spending.” These are budget items which must be re-approved by Congress every year and include categories like Defense, Homeland Security, Education, Justice, Labor, Trans
portation, and more.

If the proposed budget is approved, every agency except Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense, would have their budgets cut to make room for a $52.3 billion increase in defense spending. While the Department of Education (-$9.2 billion), the State Department (-$10.9 billion), and the Department of Health and Human Services (-$12.6 billion) would receive the largest cuts, the Department of Transportation’s budget would also be cut by $2.4 billion, a reduction of 13% from the 2017 budget.

Not all DOT programs being cut have to do with roads and highways. For example, the proposed budget would eliminate a program that subsidizes commercial flights to and from rural airports – a move which may prove unpopular with rural Republicans and Democrats.

Of concern to the trucking industry however is the elimination of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The budget estimates that eliminating it would save $499 million. The reason given for eliminating the grants is that projects which are eligible for TIGER grants are “generally eligible for funding” by other programs.

TIGER grants take federal money and give it to states to spend on infrastructure projects. Past TIGER projects include truck parking initiatives such as a $25 million grant to eight Midwestern states to support truck driver parking. According to the DOT, $1.7 billion in TIGER grant money has gone toward projects that aim to directly benefit our nation’s roadways since 2009.

Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in his forward to the proposal that this “is not the full Federal budget.” Instead Mulvaney referred to the document as a “blueprint” which would provide people “with a view of the priorities of the President and his Administration.”

According to the White House, if it were to move forward, President Trump’s promised infrastructure spending package would be separate from the current proposed DOT budget.

 

Source: Trump’s Budget Would Cut Billions From Transportation

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