The state of Ohio is desperately seeking new truck drivers. Transportation and logistics companies throughout Ohio are coping with a dearth of qualified and interested people, especially truckers with CDL or commercially licensed drivers.

Ohio Trucking Jobs advertised:

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers - 8,264 postings – a 31% increase than the next-closest number of 6.319 jobs for registered nurses.

Vice president of marketing for Thuman Logistics, Dick Hitchcock noted, “It’s a national issue that really affects Ohio.” The truck driver demand is in Columbus, which is known as a transportation hub for its location along interstates 70 and 71 and its drivable access to about half the U.S. population.

Competition for drivers has also intensified, driving up salaries, with some drivers earning to $100,000 a year, according to NPR.