Department of Numbers

Alabama Job Growth

There were 1,976,100 jobs in Alabama in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,065,967 employed persons for the month. Alabama added 2,500 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 7,524 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alabama job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,976,100 +2,500 +18,600
CPS 2,065,967 +7,524 +54,700

Alabama Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Alabama as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Alabama

CES employment peaked in December 2007 for Alabama at 2,014,900. Since then 38,800 jobs have been lost in Alabama according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,860,300 in February 2010, Alabama has gained 115,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alabama reached a maximum of 2,092,009 in January 2007. 26,042 jobs have been lost in Alabama since then according to the household survey. From a November 2009 low of 1,891,078, Alabama has added 174,889 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 1,976,100 2,500 2,065,967 7,524
October 2016 1,973,600 5,600 2,058,443 9,914
September 2016 1,968,000 -6,000 2,048,529 8,012
August 2016 1,974,000 8,100 2,040,517 1,078
July 2016 1,965,900 2,900 2,039,439 -5,534
June 2016 1,963,000 300 2,044,973 -5,270
May 2016 1,962,700 -3,700 2,050,243 2,462
April 2016 1,966,400 7,400 2,047,781 5,782
March 2016 1,959,000 200 2,041,999 8,757
February 2016 1,958,800 3,700 2,033,242 12,913
January 2016 1,955,100 -2,400 2,020,329 8,854
December 2015 1,957,500 0 2,011,475 208