By Joshua Huff, sports editor
MONTGOMERY — Nurses, retail and manufacturing jobs are in demand even as the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered businesses throughout the nation, the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information Division said on Monday.
The Labor Market Information Division analyzed online wanted advertisements and found that 7,000 ads were placed in March from companies looking for registered nurses, retail salespersons, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives. The agency added that total ads are down by 11.2% over the year.
The Help Wanted Online date is “compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database, joblink.alabama.gov, and other sources; such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites,” the department of labor said.
Registered nurses earn a mean wage of $29.56 per hour, retail salespersons earn a mean wage of $13.57 per hour and wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives earn a mean wage of $32.70 per hour, the Alabama Department of Labor said.
Twenty percent of online job ads have salaries in the $50-75,000 range; 16% have salaries of $75,000 and above; 21% have salaries in the $35-49,000 range; and 43% have salaries of $35,000 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in March were: UAB Medicine (872), Lowe’s (495), and UAB (466). These were followed by Auto Zone Auto Parts (430), the University of Alabama (421), Hibbett Sports (397), Compass Group (388), Ascension Health (364), University of South Alabama (350), and Aramark (291) to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
Of note: AlabamaWorks.alabama.gov is replacing JobLink.alabama.gov effective today.