Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 529,400 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in January 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 538,866 employed persons for the month. Birmingham added 1,600 jobs in January 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 13,780 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 529,400 +1,600 -18,600
CPS 538,866 +13,780 -3,976

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

Birmingham, Alabama Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Birmingham peaked in February 2020 at 548,700. Since then 19,300 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 486,300 in April 2020, Birmingham has gained 43,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 544,991 for Birmingham in December 2019. 6,125 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 478,103, Birmingham has added 60,763 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2021

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2021 529,400 1,600 538,866 13,780
December 2020 527,800 2,200 525,086 -1,399
November 2020 525,600 2,500 526,485 7,092
October 2020 523,100 6,000 519,393 -408
September 2020 517,100 2,399 519,801 -5,413
August 2020 514,700 4,700 525,214 18,455
July 2020 510,000 5,200 506,759 4,872
June 2020 504,800 7,800 501,887 -5,739
May 2020 497,000 10,700 507,626 29,523
April 2020 486,300 -57,300 478,103 -62,166
March 2020 543,600 -5,100 540,269 -1,505
February 2020 548,700 700 541,774 -1,068