The cost of truck driving has increased significantly in the last 20 years, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The report, released Tuesday by the National Trucking Associations Association, estimates the average hourly wage for a truck driver in the United States was $23.77 in 2016, up from $19.64 in 2008.
That’s up an average of $1,300 per year.
But truck drivers are also making a bigger profit than in previous years, because they have fewer jobs and pay higher wages.
Truck drivers make up about a third of the labor force.
But the average truck driver is making only about $10,000 a year, compared with about $30,000 in 2008, according the report.
Drivers are also working longer hours than in the past, because the economy has slowed down.
The average truck driving person in the U-S.
was working fewer hours in 2015 than in 2008 at the same age, according a 2016 survey by the Census Bureau.
The new report comes as states around the country have been grappling with a wave of trucking deaths and injuries.
In March, more than 70 people died in a truck crash in California.
And in July, more people died after a crash in Michigan that was captured on video.
Federal authorities said Tuesday they are investigating whether a federal law passed by Congress last year was used to allow drivers to get around safety requirements for tow trucks.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners says the federal law, known as Section 706, is an unfair labor practice and violates the U