Department of Numbers

Alabama Job Growth

There were 1,996,200 jobs in Alabama in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,080,139 employed persons for the month. Alabama lost 1,100 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 12,787 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alabama job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,996,200 -1,100 +28,500
CPS 2,080,139 +12,787 +42,769

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 2,013,400. Since then 17,200 jobs have been lost in Alabama according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,861,300 in February 2010, Alabama has gained 134,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alabama reached a maximum of 2,092,009 in January 2007. 11,870 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 189,061 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 1,996,200 -1,100 2,080,139 12,787
February 2017 1,997,300 2,300 2,067,352 13,515
January 2017 1,995,000 11,300 2,053,837 6,084
December 2016 1,983,700 200 2,047,753 238
November 2016 1,983,500 500 2,047,515 654
October 2016 1,983,000 3,800 2,046,861 1,099
September 2016 1,979,200 1,300 2,045,762 1,576
August 2016 1,977,900 1,200 2,044,186 1,916
July 2016 1,976,700 6,600 2,042,270 1,900
June 2016 1,970,100 -1,300 2,040,370 1,458
May 2016 1,971,400 -600 2,038,912 869
April 2016 1,972,000 4,300 2,038,043 673