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Truck Drivers, Nurses most needed

According to recently collected data, truck drivers and registered nurses are two of the most sought-after employees. 

Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s (ADOL) Labor Market Information Division shows that the most wanted online ads for jobs are for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses and retail salespersons, with 7,355 ads placed for those occupations in July. Overall ads were up by 7.5% over the year.

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 42,343 online ads this month, of those 14,873 were new ads.

Heavy and tractor-trailer drivers earn a mean wage of $19.99 an hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $28.43 per hour and retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.55 per hour. 

The top three employers posting jobs in July are Averitt (927), UAB Medicine (649) and Target Corporation (393). Thirty-six percent of all online ads are less than 30 days old and 73% of all ads are less than 90 days old.

ADOL Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington knows that many people looking for jobs might already have employment but are looking for new opportunities.

“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,” Washington said. “Our trained staff can help you obtain the career you want.”

A listing of Career Centers can be found online at 

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