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

December 27, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2019
Retail Salespersons and Registered Nurses Are the Most Sought-After Employees According to HWOL (Help Wanted Online) Data
Eighty Percent of Job Ads with Salaries Above $30K
MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division shows that the most online wanted ads were for retail salespersons, registered nurses, and customer service representatives with 6,878 ads placed for those occupations in November.
Total ads are up 12.9% over the year.
The HWOL data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database, www.joblink.alabama.gov, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites.
Retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.52 per hour, registered nurses earn a mean wage of $29.43 per hour, and customer service representatives earn a mean wage of $16.79 per hour.
Thirty-three percent of job ads have salaries in the $50-79,000 range; 24% have salaries of $80,000 and above; 23% have salaries in the $30-49,000 range; and 20% have salaries of $30,000 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in November were: UAB Medicine (910), Walmart (799), and McDonald’s (770). These were followed by Lowe’s (608), Pizza Hut (594), CVS (563), the University of Alabama (544), Family Dollar (494), Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (474), and Encompass Home Health (435) to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
The accommodation and food services sector is the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The top five occupations with the most online ads are: combined food preparation and serving workers (including fast food), food service managers, cooks, waiters and waitresses, and dishwashers. The top hard skills that employers look for in this sector are: food preparation, cooking, and sanitation systems.
“We continue to see the importance of soft skills to employers,” continued Washington. “This is where our Career Centers come in. Alabama now has 50 Career Centers around the state that offer free services to jobseekers including job skill workshops, job searches, résumé preparation, and more.”
“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 www.joblink.alabama.gov.



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