Workforce: Trucking - The Forgotten Industry

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3 Mar 2022


The Class A driver has become the most ignored driver due to the onset of modern technology and online ordering. Many take for granted the Class A driver as they enjoy the benefits of online ordering. However, someone has to deliver the goods ordered. Someone has to deliver the goods in bulk before they can be broken down and separated to be delivered via much smaller trucks. 

While most of America focused on new technology, something as classic and manual as driving trucks still plays a major role in our day-to-day living. According to The White House’s Fact Sheet dated December 16, 2021, “Seventy-two percent of goods in America are shipped by truck, and in most communities, trucks are the only form of delivery. A strong, stable, and safe trucking workforce that offers good-paying jobs to millions of truck drivers is a critical lifeblood of our economy. But outdated infrastructure, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a historic volume of goods moving through our economy have strained capacity across the supply chain, including in trucking.” Yes, the strained supply chains, and shutting down effects of the pandemic helped shine a very bright light on the trucking industry and the importance of Class A drivers. 

Trucking Action Plan

The Trucking Action Plan was launched in December 2021, as part of the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force launched in June 2021. The actions of the plan will lay the foundation for a next-generation trucking workforce and support numerous good jobs: 

  • Expedite the issuance of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) having states work with the DOT (Dept of Transportation) and FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
  • Conduct veteran-focused outreach and recruitment between the DOL (Dept of Labor) and VA (Dept of Veterans’ Affairs)
  • Launch “Driving Good Jobs” initiative focused on ensuring a strong and safe trucking workforce

Tehama County Sees Trucking Promise

Trucking Jobs in Tehama CountyClass A drivers and the trucking industry are no strangers to Tehama County. We have a surplus of trucking companies, companies needing truck drivers, and let’s not forget the Walmart Distribution Center in Red Bluff. We also have truck driving courses offered at Shasta College, with the behind-the-wheel portion happening at the Tehama County campus. Although the semester has already started, the go-getter can start now preparing for next semester’s round-up.

Other truck driver training courses can be found at:

A quick search on using North State Jobs returned the following Class A driving jobs available now:

If you are already licensed or close to acquiring your license, apply to each job available. There is job security for Class A drivers and one of them could be you! The future is clear and truck driving is here! 

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