Department of Numbers

Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 549,300 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in January 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 547,238 employed persons for the month. Birmingham lost 2,000 jobs in January 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 986 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 549,300 -2,000 +5,500
CPS 547,238 -986 +18,040

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 December 2019 at 551,300. Since then 2,000 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 548,224 for Birmingham in December 2019. 986 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2020

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2020 549,300 -2,000 547,238 -986
December 2019 551,300 2,700 548,224 745
November 2019 548,600 900 547,479 725
October 2019 547,700 1,100 546,754 1,706
September 2019 546,600 -600 545,048 2,240
August 2019 547,200 0 542,808 2,629
July 2019 547,200 2,000 540,179 2,585
June 2019 545,200 0 537,594 2,049
May 2019 545,200 400 535,545 2,556
April 2019 544,800 100 532,989 1,466
March 2019 544,700 400 531,523 1,427
February 2019 544,300 500 530,096 898