SUMTER COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - As more jobs are created, unemployment in the Black Belt continues to reach a historic low.
"We have over 27,000 jobs listed over the entire state of Alabama, and within 50 miles of this area in West Alabama right here there's almost one thousand jobs in this area," said Career Center Specialist Blake Barton.
According to a study by Alabama's Labor Market Information Division, the two most online wanted ads were for truck drivers and registered nurses.
"There's always going to be a large industrial demand in this area," said Barton.
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earn an average wage of $20 per hour. Registered nurses earn slightly over $28 per hour.
Barton says the need for health care professionals will always remain in high-demand.
"Healthcare is always going to be in high demand. Just because we all get sick. It doesn't matter who you are, we're always going to need those nurses, those doctors, and those CNA's to be there for us when we're under the weather or we need that care," said Barton.
Barton says the number of jobs in comparison to 2017 is dwindling, but there are still opportunities for anyone seeking work. A trip to the Alabama Career Center on UWA's campus could help put you in position for some of these high-paying jobs.
"You can be anywhere from 16-years-old to 100-years-old, you're not limited by your age or by your income, you're not limited by your resources or your location. If you come in we see what resources we have to offer you to give you the opportunity get you the education and training that you need," said Barton.
Some of the other jobs topping the list include retail salespersons with an average hourly rate of $13 an hour, industrial engineers averaged just over $43 an hour, and software developers with an average wage of $45 an hour.
You can call the Alabama Career Center for more information at (334) 289-0202.