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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 511,300 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in February 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 497,202 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 2,400 jobs in February 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,488 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 511,300 -2,400 +5,800
CPS 497,202 +2,488 +2,473

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 25,000 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 489,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 21,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 525,038 for Birmingham in December 2006. 27,836 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a March 2010 low of 460,748, Birmingham has added 36,454 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2014

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2014 511,300 -2,400 497,202 2,488
January 2014 513,300 899 494,700 3,379
December 2013 512,400 1,400 491,321 -1,252
November 2013 511,000 2,300 492,573 375
October 2013 508,700 1,200 492,198 -4,492
September 2013 507,500 200 496,690 -3,165
August 2013 507,300 0 499,855 -2,463
July 2013 507,300 300 502,318 -437
June 2013 507,000 400 502,755 -443
May 2013 506,600 500 503,198 1,869
April 2013 506,100 1,000 501,329 4,875
March 2013 505,100 -400 496,454 1,725
February 2013 505,500 1,500 494,729 20