Department of Numbers

Alabama Job Growth

There were 2,008,900 jobs in Alabama in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,150,190 employed persons for the month. Alabama added 1,100 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 2,451 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Alabama job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,008,900 +1,100 +122,900
CPS 2,150,190 -2,451 +106,081

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 78,600 jobs have been lost in Alabama according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,839,700 in April 2020, Alabama has gained 169,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Alabama reached a maximum of 2,184,363 in November 2019. 34,173 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 251,171 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 2,008,900 1,100 2,150,190 -2,451
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
August 2020 1,969,900 13,300 2,061,877 5,529
July 2020 1,956,600 26,100 2,056,348 6,633
June 2020 1,930,500 44,500 2,049,715 5,606