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

March 15, 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 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 6,504 ads placed for those occupations in January. Overall ads were up over the year by 2.7%.
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 36,706 online ads this month, of those 13,001 were new ads.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn a mean wage of $19.71 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.14 per hour, and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.41 per hour.
January 2018 Online Ads
January 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,155 2,341 34.8% $19.71
Registered Nurses 2,046 1,972 3.8% $28.14
Retail Salespersons 1,303 974 33.8% $13.41
Customer Service Representatives 663 568 16.7% $16.02
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 603 429 40.6% $14.94
Industrial Engineers 545 466 17.0% $42.49
Software Developers, Applications 514 383 34.2% $46.15
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 510 501 1.8% $19.00
Computer User Support Specialists 418 494 -15.4% $23.17
Cashiers 392 241 62.7% $9.39

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

“The Huntsville MSA continues to demonstrate extremely high demand for qualified workers. In the previous quarter, Help Wanted Online job ads showed more ads than those people considered to be unemployed. With a quarterly average of 6,780 online job ads and average unemployed of 6,772, we can clearly see the demand for additional qualified workers in the metropolitan area. This equates to approximately 1.04 ads for every unemployed person in the same period,” said Fitzgerald Washington, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor.
The top three employers posting ads in January were: Pizza Hut (604), UAB Medicine (548), and Lowe’s (503).
Thirty-six percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old, and 69% 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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