WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic more people are back to work, but many industries are struggling to find employees. Including the truck companies that bring gasoline around the country.
Purdue University Clinical Associate Professor of Economics, Kelly Blanchard, tells News 18 that many truckers retired during the pandemic. Limited access to places like the BMV during lockdown restricted the amount of licenses being given out.
But, the demand for the products they transport, like gasoline, isn't stopping.
"People are less likely to be working from home," Blanchard said. "They're more likely to be coming into their businesses. The businesses are starting to be more productive again, right? All of that is also increasing demand for really simple things, like office supplies, but also for energy, and gasoline certainly fits into that."
Blanchard predicts that because demand has risen for gasoline since the pandemic first began it will impact pricing.
"You would expect to see gasoline prices rise," she told News 18. "From a year [ago] to today the average price of gasoline in the United States has gone up in pretty much every region by about a dollar per gallon."
She said there's no telling when this shortage will end.
"I don't think that you can predict necessarily when this is going to stop," Blanchard said. "Because, we don't know how quickly the supply chain is going to be able to catch up to what the demand is right now."