While there is a good deal of media coverage that portends the wholesale elimination of trucking jobs due to autonomous technology, there is little careful study of the labor market impacts. We use data on employment, job tasks, and operational characteristics to identify market segments likely most impacted by technology and find a relatively small segment of the truck driving occupation that will be most directly affected. Additionally, we consider whether autonomous truck deployment might mitigate labor market “churning” on long-haul trucking.
Kristen Monaco is the Associate Commissioner in the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions at BLS, overseeing programs spanning pay, benefits, safety, and requirements of U.S. jobs. Kristen serves as the chair of the Trucking Industry Research Committee of the Transportation Research Board . Prior to joining the federal government, Kristen was on faculty at California State University Long Beach. She has a BA in American Public Affairs and Economics from Michigan State University and a PhD in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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