Washington, D.C., June 6, 2014 - Following the Bureau of Labors Statistics release of May employment numbers, CVTA President and CEO Don Lefeve released the following statement:
"Today's job report is an important metric for measuring the health and growth of the US economy. The report also helps understand employment in the trucking industry.
"While the economy added 217,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.3%, for-hire truck transportation added 1,500 jobs. While this is positive, we all know it does not meet the needs of carriers and the industry as a whole. The trucking industry still has many jobs that need high quality truck drivers but are going unfilled.
"We need to spotlight why these jobs are not being filled and eliminate unnecessary roadblocks which are hindering individuals from getting hired. Roadblocks such as CDL skills testing delays, ensuring adequate funding for truck driver training, and others remain. It is important for us to educate key stakeholders, including Congress and State governments, on these and other issues in order to reduce barriers keeping people from getting good paying jobs.
"CVTA will continue to do everything we can to address these roadblocks to employment and ensure our members continue to training high quality truck drivers and place them in important jobs that will help drive our economy forward."