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Decatur, Alabama Job Growth

There were 54,100 jobs in Decatur, Alabama in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 66,241 employed persons for the month. Decatur lost 100 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 548 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Decatur job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 54,100 -100 0
CPS 66,241 +548 +1,006

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Decatur, Alabama Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Decatur 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 Decatur, Alabama

CES employment for Decatur peaked in September 2000 at 59,600. Since then 5,500 jobs have been lost in Decatur according to the employer survey. From a trough of 52,700 in February 2010, Decatur has gained 1,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 70,395 for Decatur in November 2007. 4,154 jobs have been lost in Decatur since then according to the household survey. From a March 2010 low of 61,780, Decatur has added 4,461 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Decatur, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 54,100 -100 66,241 548
February 2017 54,200 100 65,693 723
January 2017 54,100 600 64,970 261
December 2016 53,500 200 64,709 -41
November 2016 53,300 -200 64,750 -32
October 2016 53,500 -200 64,782 -32
September 2016 53,700 0 64,814 -67
August 2016 53,700 -200 64,881 -103
July 2016 53,900 -100 64,984 -109
June 2016 54,000 0 65,093 -97
May 2016 54,000 0 65,190 -60
April 2016 54,000 -100 65,250 15