Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 527,300 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in August 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 514,672 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 1,600 jobs in August 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 605 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 527,300 -1,600 +4,900
CPS 514,672 -605 +8,245

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 8,400 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 489,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 37,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 5,219 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 53,544 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2017

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2017 527,300 -1,600 514,672 -605
July 2017 528,900 2,400 515,277 1,682
June 2017 526,500 2,299 513,595 -879
May 2017 524,200 800 514,474 -91
April 2017 523,400 800 514,565 1,875
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