The Walgreen pharmacy technician program has lost 1,300 jobs since the end of October.
The program, which is one of the most popular in the country, has been hit by layoffs since October, according to Walgrees national pharmacy analyst.
“The Walgros pharmacy technician job market has been in the toilet for the last few years, and there is not a single job at a store that is open today,” said Dan Ehrlich, CEO of the National Association of Pharmacists.
“It is absolutely a lost cause.”
While there are about 2,500 Walgans in the nation, the average job costs $24,500 a year.
Ehrliches data shows that Walgards average job pays about $19,000 a year for a pharmacy technician.
That’s well below the national average of $34,000.
The Walgreen pharmacy technician shortage has been blamed on the company’s decision to stop offering pharmacy technician training after the recession.
Walgreens announced in November that it would stop offering training in 2019, but it later restored the program for 2019.
The company has not said how many people have been laid off because of the shortage.
Ehrlich said he’s not surprised Walgarts pharmacy technician shortages.
He said he would have expected the company to cut some of the jobs before the unemployment rate began to climb in early 2018.