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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 517,200 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in March 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 504,809 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 1,799 jobs in March 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 422 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 517,200 -1,799 +4,400
CPS 504,809 -422 +3,160

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Birmingham, Alabama Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Birmingham 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 for Birmingham, Alabama

CES employment for Birmingham peaked in March 2007 at 536,300. Since then 19,099 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 488,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 28,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 15,082 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 43,681 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2016

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2016 517,200 -1,799 504,809 -422
February 2016 519,000 3,100 505,231 3,791
January 2016 515,900 -1,500 501,440 -945
December 2015 517,400 -1,800 502,385 354
November 2015 519,200 3,500 502,031 1,020
October 2015 515,700 300 501,011 94
September 2015 515,400 -2,300 500,917 -1,298
August 2015 517,700 1,100 502,215 -389
July 2015 516,600 1,200 502,604 543
June 2015 515,400 300 502,061 198
May 2015 515,100 1,200 501,863 319
April 2015 513,900 1,100 501,544 -105