Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 520,700 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in December 2015 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 503,774 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 2,000 jobs in December 2015 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,663 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 520,700 -2,000 +5,300
CPS 503,774 -1,663 +141

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 15,599 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 488,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 31,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 16,117 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 42,646 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2015

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2015 520,700 -2,000 503,774 -1,663
November 2015 522,700 3,800 505,437 -792
October 2015 518,900 -1,300 506,229 132
September 2015 520,200 -1,599 506,097 -3,116
August 2015 521,799 2,899 509,213 -49
July 2015 518,900 -600 509,262 -416
June 2015 519,500 799 509,678 -1,673
May 2015 518,700 1,700 511,351 2,912
April 2015 517,000 200 508,439 3,969
March 2015 516,799 -3,500 504,470 389
February 2015 520,299 2,399 504,081 2,257
January 2015 517,900 2,500 501,824 -1,809