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Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Are the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data

December 27, 2018

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Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Are the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Over 11,000 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 retail salespersons, registered nurses, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, with 6,409 ads placed for those occupations in November.
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 48,559 online ads this month, of those 11,496 were new ads.
Retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.55 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.43 per hour, and heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.99 per hour.
November 2018 Online Ads
November 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Retail Salespersons 2,434 2,365 2.9% $13.55
Registered Nurses 2,120 3,347 -36.7% $28.43
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 1,849 1,734 6.6% $19.99
Customer Service Representatives 1,066 1,326 -19.6% $16.40
Cashiers 826 1,029 -19.7% $9.78
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 736 483 52.4% $9.16
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 726 584 24.3% $14.86
Software Developers, Applications 704 615 14.5% $45.36
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 692 670 3.3% $18.64
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor 604 618 -2.3% $12.61

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 November were: CVS Health (716), UAB Medicine (689), and McDonald’s Corporation (621).
Thirty percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 63% 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 Alabama Secretary of Labor 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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