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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 522,400 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in February 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 511,302 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 1,100 jobs in February 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,442 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 522,400 -1,100 +2,699
CPS 511,302 +2,442 +6,071

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 13,300 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 489,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 32,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 8,589 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 50,174 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2017

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2017 522,400 -1,100 511,302 2,442
January 2017 523,500 1,600 508,860 -1,963
December 2016 521,900 -399 510,823 -1,988
November 2016 522,299 299 512,811 224
October 2016 522,000 -400 512,587 205
September 2016 522,400 0 512,382 -1,124
August 2016 522,400 -100 513,506 655
July 2016 522,500 3,600 512,851 2,982
June 2016 518,900 -800 509,869 1,930
May 2016 519,700 -299 507,939 2,446
April 2016 520,000 1,400 505,493 1,198
March 2016 518,600 -1,100 504,295 -936