The American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimated that there are roughly 500,000 over-the-road for-hire truckload drivers in the U.S. The ATA also estimated that segment of the industry is currently over 50,000 drivers short, and that number is projected to balloon as high as 175,000 by 2026.
The fall in oil prices at the end of last year combined with pressure from investors has led to a slowdown in the U.S. shale industry.
The Shale Crescent is located in the Ohio Valley and is the epicenter of the Marcellus and Utica Shale play. The natural resources make the region a potential economic powerhouse.