Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 518,900 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in April 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 505,034 employed persons for the month. Birmingham added 2,900 jobs in April 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 739 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 518,900 +2,900 +5,000
CPS 505,034 +739 +3,490

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 17,400 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 488,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 30,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 14,857 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 43,906 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2016

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2016 518,900 2,900 505,034 739
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
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