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The U.S. has a massive shortage of truck drivers

Freight trucks parked in a parking lot
Freight trucks parked in a service center parking lot. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Retail shipping rates across the country are rising due a U.S. shortage of 51,000 truck drivers, projected to rise to 100,000 by 2021, USA Today reports.

The details: New regulations on the freight industry restricting the hours drivers can work without a break are reducing interest in the job. Plus, baby boomers are retiring from the truck driving business and millennials have been unwilling to replace them.

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