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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 509,800 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in May 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 496,712 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 1,600 jobs in May 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,296 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 509,800 -1,600 +3,200
CPS 496,712 -1,296 -2,261

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 26,500 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 489,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 20,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 525,038 for Birmingham in December 2006. 28,326 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a March 2010 low of 462,799, Birmingham has added 33,913 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2014

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2014 509,800 -1,600 496,712 -1,296
April 2014 511,400 -1,000 498,008 -1,589
March 2014 512,400 900 499,597 1,269
February 2014 511,500 -2,200 498,328 630
January 2014 513,700 1,300 497,698 1,548
December 2013 512,400 1,400 496,150 -78
November 2013 511,000 2,300 496,228 -261
October 2013 508,700 1,200 496,489 -437
September 2013 507,500 200 496,926 -634
August 2013 507,300 0 497,560 -707
July 2013 507,300 300 498,267 -551
June 2013 507,000 400 498,818 -155
May 2013 506,600 500 498,973 266