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Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama Job Growth

There were 521,299 jobs in Birmingham, Alabama in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 524,115 employed persons for the month. Birmingham added 1,699 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 17,356 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Birmingham job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 521,299 +1,699 -25,900
CPS 524,115 +17,356 -16,471

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 30,000 jobs have been lost in Birmingham according to the employer survey. From a trough of 499,800 in April 2020, Birmingham has gained 21,499 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 544,991 for Birmingham in December 2019. 20,876 jobs have been lost in Birmingham since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 478,103, Birmingham has added 46,012 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

Birmingham, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 521,299 1,699 524,115 17,356
July 2020 519,600 4,200 506,759 4,872
June 2020 515,400 8,200 501,887 -5,739
May 2020 507,200 7,400 507,626 29,523
April 2020 499,800 -46,800 478,103 -62,166
March 2020 546,600 -1,300 540,269 -1,505
February 2020 547,900 300 541,774 -1,068
January 2020 547,600 -3,700 542,842 -2,149
December 2019 551,300 2,700 544,991 864
November 2019 548,600 900 544,127 1,060
October 2019 547,700 1,100 543,067 1,177
September 2019 546,600 -600 541,890 1,304