Trucker shortage impacts grocery stores and gas stations

This may affect your walk down the grocery aisle and at the pump.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — This may affect your walk down the grocery aisle and at the pump.

A key problem for the U.S. is having enough truckers to deliver goods to local stores and gas stations.

During the pandemic, many truck drivers retired, creating a shortage of truckers.

This has impacted the delivery of goods, including gas. As people continue to pack their carts at the grocery stores, big box stores like Walmart close earlier to restock.

According to the Nebraska Trucking Association, there are over 67,000 trucking industry jobs in the state and 48 percent of our communities exclusively depend on truckers to move their goods.

Local trucking companies are continuing to raise pay to attract more to the industry.

Officials say not to worry, there is plenty of food. It just may take a while to get your favorite version of peanut butter or jam back on the shelves. Also, there still will be gas availability, just account for higher gas prices on those vacation trips this summer.

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