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Still, trucking continues to draw plenty of newcomers, reflecting the lack of good alternatives for workers without a higher education (one survey found that 17 percent of truckers had less than a high school diploma). Some have lost better-paying manufacturing jobs in the continuing deindustrialization of America. Others have spent years knocking on the door of the middle class in minimum-wage jobs in fast food or retail. To them, trucking is a step up.
â€˜Itâ€™s Pretty Lonelyâ€™
Wayne McLaurin, 46, St. Louis. Driving five years.
I was a customer service rep in St. Louis. When the recession hit, there was no jobs to be found. The only thing that was in the newspaper at that time was nursing and truck driving. Within five weeks, you can be on the road and have a career. Iâ€™ve been doing it ever since.
Freedom. Oh My God, I Cannot Tell You.â€™
Daniel McMillan, 33, and Susan Zimmerman, 48, Danville, Va. Driving two years.
Susan: We met working at McDonaldâ€™s. Trucking was my dream first. I raised my daughter and she was going to college, I needed to better myself. Working for McDonaldâ€™s for 10 years, trying to raise your child on a McDonaldâ€™s wage, you could only rely on tax season to get her stuff. Daniel encouraged me to go get my C.D.L.
So what does this mean?