Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 518,800 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in July 2015 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 509,151 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 700 jobs in July 2015 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 527 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 518,800 -700 +7,599
CPS 509,151 -527 +7,257

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 17,500 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 488,800 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 30,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 519,891 for Birmingham in March 2007. 10,740 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 461,128, Birmingham has added 48,023 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2015

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2015 518,800 -700 509,151 -527
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 516,800 -3,500 504,470 389
February 2015 520,300 2,399 504,081 2,257
January 2015 517,900 2,500 501,824 -1,809
December 2014 515,400 900 503,633 404
November 2014 514,500 -100 503,229 562
October 2014 514,600 2,399 502,667 912
September 2014 512,200 100 501,755 292
August 2014 512,100 900 501,463 -431