Truck drivers and nurses are in demand in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) — The Alabama Department of Labor says there are shortages of truck drivers and nurses in the state.

The following is information released by ALDOL:

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 7,355 ads placed for those occupations in July.

Overall ads were up over the year by 7.5%. 

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

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

July 2018 Online Ads 
July 2017 Change (Percent) Average Hourly Wage
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 3,868 3,174 21.9% $19.99
Registered Nurses 2,089 2,362 -11.6% $28.43
Retail Salespersons 1,398 1,214 15.2% $13.55
Customer Service Representatives 706 732 -3.6% $16.40
Industrial Engineers 694 527 31.7% $43.16
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 657 639 2.8% $18.64
Software Developers, Applications 597 492 21.3% $45.36
Computer User Support Specialists 466 521 -10.6% $23.84
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 455 453 0.4% $14.86
Cashiers 429 308 39.3% $9.78

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 2017 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 June 2018. ‘NA’ indicates data that is not publishable or occupation does not work the traditional 2,080 hours per year. 

The top three employers posting ads in July were: 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. 
“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.

Click here to visit the Alabama Department of Labor website.

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