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Trucking industry in need of drivers during coronavirus pandemic

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At a time when thousands of people across the state of Ohio are scrambling to find new jobs, a major focus on job creation has turned to trucking as much-needed supplies and goods are needed across the country. (WSYX/WTTE){ }

At a time when thousands of people across the state of Ohio are scrambling to find new jobs, a major focus on job creation has turned to trucking as much-needed supplies and goods are needed across the country.

Richard Crockett, president of Capital Transportation Academy told ABC 6 that as cities and states across the country shut down daily operations to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, there's one constant. U.S. highways filled with rigs delivering essentials. Medical supplies, food, you name it Crockett stresses that the industry booming and drivers are needed now more than ever.

“The trucking companies cannot find enough drivers. You know, 70 percent of goods in this country are moved by trucks," said Crockett.

Crockett told ABC 6 that the time to get a Commercial Driver’s License is now. Within weeks those looking for work can be on the road.

“I think this is an opportunity for the entire community and the country to see how important and what CDL and commercial drivers do in providing the kind of conveniences we have,” said Crockett.

Besides trucking, thousands of other jobs are available now as well. Walmart, Amazon, CVS, Kroger, and Dollar General all announced major hiring pushes for full and part-time workers.

Crockett told ABC 6 that his team working to get as many people back to work as possible.

“Once you get your CDL, the skies the limit,” said Crockett.

For more information on Capital Transportation Academy, click here.

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