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Registered Nurses, Retail Salespersons Continue to Dominate Help Wanted Online Data

March 16, 2021

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For Immediate Release: March 16, 2021

Registered Nurses, Retail Salespersons Continue to Dominate 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 truck drivers with 9,729 ads placed for those occupations in January.

As of January, total ads were down 2.6% with 24,565 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; 15% have salaries in the $50-75,000 range; 20% have salaries in the $35-49,000 range; and 55% have salaries of $35,000 or under.

The top three employers posting ads in January were: UAB Health System (1,055), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (795), and Lowe’s (774). These were followed by Huntsville Hospital (547), CVS (505), the University of South Alabama (449), Advance Auto Parts (442), St. Vincent’s Health System (410), Baptist Health (335), and Encompass Health (310), to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.

Carpenters are the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The median annual salary is advertised as $35,784 with 25% earning more than $41,435. Drywall skills offer a salary premium.