Online job postings in August increased 72% from last year

Data collected and analyzed by the Labor Market Information Division (LMI) of the Alabama Department of Labor shows that as of August 2021, the annual comparison of online job openings is 87,491, up 72% from August 2020. The monthly online job posting total for August 2021 is down 1.4% with 28,854 new online listings.

The five occupations with the most online job openings continue to be for RNs, retail salespeople, customer service representatives, sales representatives and truck drivers with 14,072 ads placed for these occupations in August.

HWOL data is compiled from all online job postings in the state, including those posted to the state’s free online jobs database,, and from other sources, such as traditional job boards, company boards, and social media sites.

Thirteen percent of job postings have salaries of $ 75,000 and over; 14 percent have salaries in the range of $ 50 to $ 75,000; 21 percent have salaries between $ 35,000 and $ 49,000; and 52 percent have salaries of $ 35,000 or less.

The two employers who posted the most ads online in August were: UAB Health System (1,465) and Huntsville Hospital (999). Next come Encompass Health (676), University of South Alabama (605), Lowe’s (591), Regions (559), St. Vincent’s Health System (558), University of Alabama at Birmingham (551), Aramark (450), and Baptist Health (446) to complete the top 10.

Diagnostic ultrasound technologists are the focus of this month’s in-depth analysis by the LMI division. The median annual salary is advertised at $ 61,927, with 25% earning more than $ 68,815. In the last 12 months, there were 490 ads online for this occupation. Diagnostic ultrasound technologists produce ultrasound recordings of internal organs for use by physicians. In the state of Alabama, diagnostic ultrasound technologists have good prospects during the period 2018-2028. This occupation is expected to have over 95 average annual total openings statewide.

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