Trucking companies have pulled out of hiring for months because of a shortage of workers, but some drivers are worried they will lose their jobs as a result.
The companies are facing a shortage because of the coronavirus pandemic, and many are struggling to find people to fill positions, Reuters reports.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of unemployed workers in the U.K. rose last week to 9.7 million, with 3.5 million in the UK having left their jobs.
The government has also said it expects to see an increase in the number that will require more government support, which could include helping people find work and paying benefits to those who have already been laid off.
The shortage is likely to worsen as the U, UK and other countries struggle to get the coronovirus vaccine to the people they need to stop the spread of the disease.
The lack of workers has been a problem for trucking companies for years, according to Reuters, and a shortage can cause financial harm.
In 2016, trucking company Express, which runs the major delivery network for Amazon, had a crisis of confidence after its trucks lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in a matter of weeks.
Express has been forced to take measures, including laying off thousands of drivers.
It has also struggled to recruit new drivers, Reuters reported.
The BLS is estimating there will be about 1.5 to 2 million new workers needed by next year, up from 1.3 million in 2019.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.