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Decatur, Alabama Job Growth

There were 54,100 jobs in Decatur, Alabama in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 65,341 employed persons for the month. Decatur added 200 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 470 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Decatur job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 54,100 +200 +200
CPS 65,341 -470 +963

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. 5,054 jobs have been lost in Decatur since then according to the household survey. From a March 2010 low of 61,780, Decatur has added 3,561 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Decatur, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 54,100 200 65,341 -470
November 2016 53,900 0 65,811 -177
October 2016 53,900 -600 65,988 35
September 2016 54,500 200 65,953 192
August 2016 54,300 400 65,761 327
July 2016 53,900 0 65,434 144
June 2016 53,900 -100 65,290 54
May 2016 54,000 -100 65,236 223
April 2016 54,100 500 65,013 262
March 2016 53,600 -200 64,751 197
February 2016 53,800 100 64,554 261
January 2016 53,700 -200 64,293 -85