Thousands Of Trucker Jobs Openings, Despite Pay Of $45,000 A Year

Increased government scrutiny of the safety of the nation's trucking industry is contributing to a shortage of long-haul truck drivers. But it's not resulting in more jobs for some of the nearly 13 million unemployed Americans who can't find employment, USA Today reports.

"It's getting harder to get drivers," Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore., and incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations, tells the newspaper. "I could hire 50 guys right now," says Card, who currently employs nearly 400 truck drivers.