Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 523,700 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in April 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 514,498 employed persons for the month. Birmingham added 1,100 jobs in April 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,808 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 523,700 +1,100 +3,700
CPS 514,498 +1,808 +10,288

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 535,700. Since then 11,999 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 489,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 33,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 5,393 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 53,370 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2017

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2017 523,700 1,100 514,498 1,808
March 2017 522,600 300 512,690 2,025
February 2017 522,299 -1,200 510,665 3,072
January 2017 523,500 1,600 507,593 -976
December 2016 521,900 -399 508,569 1,098
November 2016 522,299 299 507,471 1,124
October 2016 522,000 -400 506,347 428
September 2016 522,400 0 505,919 -508
August 2016 522,400 -100 506,427 -84
July 2016 522,500 3,600 506,511 1,060
June 2016 518,900 -800 505,451 951
May 2016 519,700 -299 504,500 290