In the year 2021 alone, the trucking industry incurred a record loss of 80,000 drivers. This number is given by the American Trucking Associations, which is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Given such facts, economists and policymakers are worried about the implications of the situation. The truckers shortage has become such an issue that even the Emmy-winner, John Oliver, picked up the topic to discuss in one of his episodes on Last Week Tonight. Now, it might seem odd to you that one industry could cause such a stir among all. But this is not odd at all given the importance of the trucking industry to our country’s economy. Let me explain further. Here are five reasons the Trucking Industry is crucial to our economy.