With unemployment in Alabama at an all-time high, demand for jobs has only increased as 33.3% more online job postings have been posted so far this year compared to the same period last year.
Data collected and analyzed by the Labor Market Information Division (LMI) of the Alabama Department of Labor shows that in June 2022, the annual comparison of online job postings was 116,604, up 33.3% compared to June 2021.
The monthly total of online job postings for June 2022 is up 14.5% with 39,718 new online job postings. Only 60,338 people are considered unemployed in Alabama in June.
The five occupations with the most job postings online are registered nurses, heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers, retail salespersons, sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, and sales supervisors retail with 18,011 ads placed for these occupations in June.
Employers in the health sector offered by far the most jobs online.
The top two employers with the most online ads in June were UAB Health System with 1,481 and Huntsville Hospital with 1,462. The rest of the top 10 were: Walmart/Sam’s (1,187), Encompass Health (866), Baptist Health (723), University of Alabama at Birmingham (652), Regions (648), Lowe’s (585), University of Alabama (498), and the United States Health System (423).
Nancy Dennis, director of public relations for the Alabama Retail Association, said retail and nursing are consistently top industries for job postings.
Both industries were already short of workers before Covid-19 and the pandemic has only exacerbated the problem as nurses have been thrust into the national spotlight and retail workers have been laid off or resigned en masse. Many have decided to leave the industry altogether.
Job postings cover a wide salary range, with 35% of positions offering $35,000 or less. At the other end of the spectrum, 25% of job postings offered salaries of $75,000 or more. On average, 22% have salaries between $50,000 and $75,000 and 18% have salaries between $35,000 and $49,000.
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.govand other sources, such as traditional job boards, corporate boards, and social media sites.