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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

November 20, 2018

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Truck Drivers and Registered Nurses Continue to be the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Over 12,000 New Ads Placed Online

MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information Division shows that the most online wanted ads were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and retail salespersons, with 5,242 ads placed for those occupations in October.
The Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database,, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites. There were 36,825 online ads this month, of those 12,841 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.99 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.43 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.55 per hour.
October 2018 Online Ads
October 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,860 3,560 -47.8% $19.99
Registered Nurses 1,731 2,050 -15.6% $28.43
Retail Salespersons 1,651 1,417 16.5% $13.55
Customer Service Representatives 670 742 -9.7% $16.40
Industrial Engineers 631 637 -0.9% $43.16
Software Developers, Applications 598 563 6.2% $45.36
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 574 436 31.7% $14.86
Computer User Support Specialists 529 632 -16.3% $23.84
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 519 569 -8.8% $18.64
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 455 445 2.2% $36.37

Source: Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Division in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The above wage data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current Employment Cost Index (ECI) factors reflecting wages as of June 2018. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

The top three employers posting ads in October were: Autozone, Inc. (745), UAB Medicine (734), and Target Corporation (449).
Thirty-five percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 70% of all ads are less than 90 days old.
“We’d like to encourage anyone who needs a job, or wants a different job, to come into one of our Career Centers for assistance,” said Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “Our trained staff can assist you in obtaining the career you want.”
A listing of Career Centers can be found at

The Alabama Department of Labor / The Alabama Career Center System is a partner in Alabama Works, Alabama’s unified workforce system.


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