Department of Numbers

Alabama Job Growth

There were 2,029,300 jobs in Alabama in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,080,339 employed persons for the month. Alabama added 3,500 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 463 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alabama job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,029,300 +3,500 +16,900
CPS 2,080,339 +463 +19,498

Alabama Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Alabama 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 in Alabama

CES employment peaked in December 2007 for Alabama at 2,031,200. Since then 1,900 jobs have been lost in Alabama according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,881,300 in February 2010, Alabama has gained 148,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alabama reached a maximum of 2,095,516 in February 2007. 15,177 jobs have been lost in Alabama since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 1,891,907, Alabama has added 188,432 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 2,029,300 3,500 2,080,339 463
January 2018 2,025,800 5,600 2,079,876 -1,300
December 2017 2,020,200 200 2,081,176 -576
November 2017 2,020,000 1,500 2,081,752 -841
October 2017 2,018,500 100 2,082,593 508
September 2017 2,018,400 500 2,082,085 1,912
August 2017 2,017,900 3,100 2,080,173 2,767
July 2017 2,014,800 -700 2,077,406 3,611
June 2017 2,015,500 3,700 2,073,795 3,633
May 2017 2,011,800 1,400 2,070,162 3,380
April 2017 2,010,400 -3,100 2,066,782 3,012
March 2017 2,013,500 1,100 2,063,770 2,929