National truck driver shortage, mini job fair held in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The national truck driver shortage has affected the supply chain in NEPA and across the country.

Wednesday morning people looking for jobs were able to speak with some companies that could help them be part of the solution.

The Pennsylvania CareerLink Luzerne County Office held a Transportation and Logistics Mini Job Fair Wednesday. Job seekers could speak to managers and apply in minutes.

“We have companies represented from FedEx, DHL, and Adidas and they’re looking to hire permanent full-time, seasonal part-time positions. So it’s a great time for the community to come out,” PA CareerLink business services manager Tracy Leban said.

Organizers say this area is a hotspot for trucking and transportation.

“So, this is important to the area because of that crossroad intersection 80-81 we have a lot of logistics and transportation industries in the area and some trying to move to the area… There’s a lot of great opportunities. There are family sustaining wages in this industry,” said Leban.

A national driver shortage means some of these jobs are being filled as quickly as possible.

“CDL drivers, especially Class A, that deliver regionally are a hot commodity to get. We’re looking for driver resources such as CDL drivers that can deliver products safely here in the northeast,” Patrick Gallagher, transportation manager DHL, said.

The shortage has come in part due to retiring truck drivers in their 50s, but also due to changes in shipping.

“Building materials demand has gone up significantly in the last few years. So were looking to help that industry… Need with providing more drivers to get more products to more people sooner than has been in the last two years,” Gallagher said.

PA CareerLink plans to highlight an industry each month so they have a variety of employers for job seekers to engage with.

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