Department of Numbers

Alabama Job Growth

There were 2,030,400 jobs in Alabama in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,138,677 employed persons for the month. Alabama added 1,600 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 331 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alabama job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,030,400 +1,600 +60,500
CPS 2,138,677 -331 +76,800

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 January 2020 for Alabama at 2,087,500. Since then 57,100 jobs have been lost in Alabama according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,839,700 in April 2020, Alabama has gained 190,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alabama reached a maximum of 2,184,363 in November 2019. 45,686 jobs have been lost in Alabama since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,899,019, Alabama has added 239,658 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 2,030,400 1,600 2,138,677 -331
July 2021 2,028,800 4,900 2,139,008 59
June 2021 2,023,900 16,100 2,138,949 -11,375
May 2021 2,007,800 0 2,150,324 -2,317
April 2021 2,007,800 -15,700 2,152,641 1,399
March 2021 2,023,500 2,600 2,151,242 -6,481
February 2021 2,020,900 6,600 2,157,723 -2,513
January 2021 2,014,300 1,800 2,160,236 2,500
December 2020 2,012,500 3,500 2,157,736 -607
November 2020 2,009,000 9,000 2,158,343 -656
October 2020 2,000,000 19,900 2,158,999 93,621
September 2020 1,980,100 10,200 2,065,378 3,501