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

January 26, 2021

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For Immediate Release: January 26, 2021

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

MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division shows that the five occupations with the most online wanted ads were for registered nurses, retail salespersons, sales representatives, customer service representatives, and food service workers with 9,919 ads placed for those occupations in December.

As of December, total ads were down 6.9% with 18,231 new online ads.

The HWOL data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database, AlabamaWorks.alabama.gov, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites.

Ten percent of job ads have salaries of $75,000 and above; 16% have salaries in the $50-75,000 range; 20% have salaries in the $35-49,000 range; and 54% have salaries of $35,000 or under.

The top three employers posting ads in November were: UAB Health System (1,333), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (837), and Lowe’s (765). These were followed by Huntsville Hospital (511), the University of South Alabama (403), Baptist Health (365), Tenet Health System (347), CVS (346), St. Vincent’s Health System (338), and Advance Auto Parts (333), to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.

Human Resources Specialists are the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The median annual salary is advertised as $42,140 with 25% earning more than $53,654.