Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 517,400 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in December 2014 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 493,065 employed persons for the month. Birmingham added 1,900 jobs in December 2014 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 90 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 517,400 +1,900 +5,000
CPS 493,065 +90 -3,085

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 18,900 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 489,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 27,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 525,038 for Birmingham in December 2006. 31,973 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a March 2010 low of 462,799, Birmingham has added 30,266 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2014

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2014 517,400 1,900 493,065 90
November 2014 515,500 2,299 492,975 -580
October 2014 513,200 900 493,555 1,402
September 2014 512,300 3,299 492,153 -1,017
August 2014 509,000 -2,500 493,170 -1,213
July 2014 511,500 2,800 494,383 -540
June 2014 508,700 -100 494,923 -1,198
May 2014 508,800 -2,600 496,121 -1,887
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