June 20, 2016
The Alabama Department of Labor said truck drivers and nurses were the most sought-after employees in May, followed by retail salespersons, based on online help wanted ads.
The Labor Department’s Labor Market Division said the most online wanted ads in May were for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and retail salespersons.
There were 41,462 online ads in May and 19,029 were new ads. Of the new ads placed online, 6,801 in May were for the three occupations.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn an average wage of $20.15 per hour and registered nurses earn an average wage of $27.82 per hour. Retail salespersons earn an average of $12.62 per hour, the Labor Department said.
Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William Canary commented on the importance of truck transportation.
“It’s a vital American industry, vital for our America’s economy,” said Canary, a former president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. “The percentage of all products delivered by truck is nearly 80 percent. So if you have it was delivered by a trucker.”
Canary said truckers enjoy camaraderie with their fellow truckers. “It’s a special bond, much like the bond that people who are in the military, law enforcement, and firefighters feel,” he said.
A listing of Career Centers can be found at www.joblink.alabama.gov.