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

December 28, 2017

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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 13,000 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 6,971 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 40,241 online ads this month, of those 13,564 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.63 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.01 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.42 per hour.
November 2017 Online Ads
November 2016 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,603 3,003 20.0% $19.63
Registered Nurses 2,076 2,026 2.5% $28.01
Retail Salespersons 1,292 1,154 12.0% $13.42
Customer Service Representatives 708 636 11.3% $15.94
Industrial Engineers 645 490 31.6% $42.30
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 601 454 32.4% $14.88
Software Developers, Applications 549 420 30.7% $45.93
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 538 549 -2.0% $18.88
Computer User Support Specialists 531 531 0.0% $23.06
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 418 367 13.9% $35.33

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 2016 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 September 2017. 'NA' indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year.

“Light Truck or Delivery Service Drivers demand is surging as people find themselves shopping online to avoid those holiday crowds. Overall, Light Truck and Delivery Service Drivers' ads have increased 32.4% over the same month in 2016. These occupations show satisfactory growth through 2024 with average total openings of 250, and an average hourly wage of $14.88,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor.
The top three employers posting ads in November were: UAB Medicine (570), Community Health Systems, Inc. (446), and Compass Group (434).
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 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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