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Where Have America’s Truck Drivers Gone?

People want more stuff. Regulations, retirements and a lack of parking spaces aren’t helping long-haul truckers get it to them.

Someone’s gotta do it.

Someone’s gotta do it.

Photographer: Lance King/Getty Images

The internet doesn’t carry goods, only more and more orders for them. Self-driving trucks are a long way off. In the meantime, somebody has to haul freight and make deliveries.

So the U.S. economy needs more people like Branden Miller. But they’re getting hard to come by.