Trucks on the interstate (File photo)

(Meredith) -- A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of truck drivers is at an all-time high -- bouncing back from a decline during the 2008 recession.

There were 711,000 trucking business as of 2016, surpassing the industry's previous record before the recession. (Data from 2017 and later is not yet available.) 

Truckers and trucking business establishments

More than 3.5 million people are employed as a truck driver, making it one of the U.S.'s largest industries. About 90 percent of truck drivers are men, the median age is 46, and the average income for a trucker is $43,252. That's slightly lower than the $47,000 median income for all full-time workers, but truck drivers are also more likely to be employed. The unemployment rate for truck drivers is 4.1 percent compared to the 5.3 percent average for all workers.

There are an extremely high number of veterans working as truck drivers as well. According to the report, at least 10 percent of truck drivers are veterans -- double the rate of workers in general.

For more info, read the full census report here.

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