Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 529,100 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in April 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 533,781 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 2,400 jobs in April 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 204 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 529,100 -2,400 +42,800
CPS 533,781 +204 +63,938

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 19,600 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 486,300 in April 2020, Birmingham has gained 42,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 541,032 for Birmingham in November 2019. 7,251 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 469,843, Birmingham has added 63,938 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2021

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2021 529,100 -2,400 533,781 204
March 2021 531,500 -300 533,577 206
February 2021 531,800 1,900 533,371 1,180
January 2021 529,900 2,100 532,191 1,479
December 2020 527,800 2,200 530,712 -117
November 2020 525,600 2,500 530,829 207
October 2020 523,100 6,000 530,622 21,658
September 2020 517,100 2,399 508,964 -1,981
August 2020 514,700 4,700 510,945 4,868
July 2020 510,000 5,200 506,077 1,037
June 2020 504,800 7,800 505,040 279
May 2020 497,000 10,700 504,761 34,918