Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division shows that as of June 2021, the yearly comparison of online job ads is 88,165, up 110 percent from June 2020. The dramatic increase reflects the shutdown period during the COVID-19 pandemic. The monthly total of online job ads for June 2021 is down 1.1 percent with 27,048 new online ads.
The five occupations with the most online job ads continue to be for registered nurses, retail salespersons, customer service representatives, sales representatives, and truck drivers with 13,913 ads placed for those occupations in June.
The HWOL data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted on the state’s free online jobs database, AlabamaWorks, alabama.gov and other sources, such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites.
Twelve percent of job ads have salaries of $75,000 and above; 13 percent have salaries in the $50-75,000 range; 20 percent have salaries in the $35-49,000 range; and 55 percent have salaries of $35,000 or under.
The top three employers posting ads in June were: UAB Health System (1,285), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (661), and the University of South Alabama (591). These were followed by St. Vincent’s Health System (583), Lowe’s (579), Encompass Heath (462), Allied Universal (448), Baptist Health (437), Auburn University (422), and Huntsville Hospital (415) to round out the top 10 employers with the most online ads.
Healthcare Social Workers are the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The median annual salary is advertised as $55,420 with 25 percent earning more than $60,560. Typically, this occupation requires a master’s degree, but some require a doctoral degree. Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations.