Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 538,000 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 526,309 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 500 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,150 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 538,000 -500 +6,200
CPS 526,309 +1,150 +11,543

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 March 2007 at 539,500. Since then 1,500 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 493,600 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 44,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in October 2018 for Birmingham is at a new high of 526,309.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 538,000 -500 526,309 1,150
September 2018 538,500 1,600 525,159 -673
August 2018 536,900 200 525,832 -454
July 2018 536,700 900 526,286 2,293
June 2018 535,800 -2,100 523,993 1,759
May 2018 537,900 2,600 522,234 1,219
April 2018 535,300 -600 521,015 2,320
March 2018 535,900 100 518,695 1,687
February 2018 535,800 2,100 517,008 2,701
January 2018 533,700 3,500 514,307 834
December 2017 530,200 -100 513,473 71
November 2017 530,300 -1,500 513,402 -1,364