Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 520,400 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in October 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 512,352 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 1,000 jobs in October 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 30 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 520,400 -1,000 +4,699
CPS 512,352 -30 +11,341

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 15,900 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 488,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 31,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 7,539 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 51,224 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2016

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2016 520,400 -1,000 512,352 -30
September 2016 521,400 -1,600 512,382 -1,124
August 2016 523,000 -700 513,506 655
July 2016 523,700 2,800 512,851 2,982
June 2016 520,900 300 509,869 1,930
May 2016 520,600 899 507,939 2,446
April 2016 519,700 3,700 505,493 1,198
March 2016 516,000 -3,000 504,295 -936
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