CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Looking for a job? For truckers, it's become the road less traveled by , and trucking companies are in desperate need for drivers across the country; Charlotte is no exception.

Myself? No not personally, said Wade Rogers, Service Center Manager for Con-Way Freight. I've been doing this a long time and I've never seen it like this.

Thirty-thousand jobs are open nationwide, 800 of which are with Con-Way. Rogers says the facility here in Charlotte is short 15 to 20 drivers and picking up the slack has been a struggle.

Our drivers are putting more hours in, but becoming more efficient right now is the name of the game and utilizing the assets that we have, Rogers said.

According to a USA Today article, the economic turnaround is the cause, with one reason being that truck drivers are leaving their positions for other jobs. They say the average pay for a driver is more than $38,000 a year.

Unless we can provide that training and education and lure those individuals over to this industry, it's going to be a challenge, Rogers said.

The shortage is also causing freight prices to go up, which means the cost of the goods being delivered for you and I to buy are also going up right here in Charlotte.

We have to be competitive in our compensation of benefit packages, Rogers said. Obviously with that cost increase, the cost increase of hauling that freight goes along with it.

Rogers says the biggest challenge is finding top candidates who have a Commercial Drivers license and previous truck-driving experience.

Help wanted, now hiring.

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