Storms damage the labor market

There will be fewer truck drivers and warehouse workers available once storm cleanup gets underway.  There is already a perceived shortage of construction workers in the South and it will only get worse as skilled and unskilled labor pours in to fix the damage. Coincident will be:
  • a large increase in recycling (250,000 cars to be junked in Texas alone)
  • an influx of building materials – and a lot is going to areas from which backhauls are scarce
  • shortages of fuel for a while 
Add to that the relatively strong pricing of fuel and more warnings that there really is a shortage of drivers, and shippers can expect higher costs.