Online job ads in September up 18.7% from last year

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The economy may be slowing, but the Alabama job market is not. According to data from the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL), the number of online job ads in September was 18.7% higher than last year.

The data was collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division. That analysis shows that as of September 2022, the yearly comparison of online job ads is 107,319. That is up 18.7% from September 2021. However, the monthly total of online job ads for September 2022 is down 8.1% from August, with a decrease of 9,464 online ads.

The five occupations with the most online job ads are for registered nurses, retail salespersons, supervisors of retail sales workers, customer service representatives, and truck drivers. 15,599 ads were placed for those occupations alone in September.

The ADOL 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.

Pay is also up. Twenty-five percent of job ads have salaries of $75,000 and above; 22% have salaries in the $50-75,000 range, while 20% have salaries in the $35-49,000 range. Just 33% of the jobs advertised in the state have salaries of less than $35,000.

The top two employers posting the most online ads in September were Huntsville Hospital, with 1,516, and UAB Health System, with 1,328. Walmart/Sam’s was third with 1,036. Encompass Health was fourth with 829. Regions Bank was fifth with 639. Baptist Health came in sixth with 589. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was seventh with 566. Lowes came in eighth with 531, Auburn University ninth with 461, and the University of Alabama rounded out the top ten with 456 online job ads in September.

There are only 59,558 unemployed persons in the state. The state’s unemployment rate in September is a record low of 2.6 percent.

“Despite the uncertainty facing the U.S. economy, Alabama has managed to add 50,000 new jobs since September of 2021 and is on pace to break its previous record for yearly job growth,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “Our efforts continue to yield encouraging results, and I’m looking forward to working with our public and private partners to make Alabama an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

To look for a job or a better position, search the ADOL site for job openings. ADOL also has job training opportunities available.

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