Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 537,000 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in April 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 522,479 employed persons for the month. Birmingham added 1,100 jobs in April 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 3,784 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 537,000 +1,100 +9,100
CPS 522,479 +3,784 +10,496

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 2,500 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 493,600 in September 2010, Birmingham has gained 43,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in April 2018 for Birmingham is at a new high of 522,479.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2018

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2018 537,000 1,100 522,479 3,784
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
October 2017 531,800 600 514,766 -1,099
September 2017 531,200 500 515,865 661
August 2017 530,700 500 515,204 864
July 2017 530,200 1,100 514,340 1,110
June 2017 529,100 200 513,230 1,156
May 2017 528,900 1,000 512,074 91