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Decatur, Alabama Job Growth

There were 56,500 jobs in Decatur, Alabama in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 69,184 employed persons for the month. Decatur lost 200 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 829 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Decatur job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 56,500 -200 +1,800
CPS 69,184 +829 +3,139

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Decatur, Alabama Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Decatur 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 Decatur, Alabama

CES employment for Decatur peaked in September 2000 at 59,400. Since then 2,900 jobs have been lost in Decatur according to the employer survey. From a trough of 52,300 in February 2010, Decatur has gained 4,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 70,395 for Decatur in November 2007. 1,211 jobs have been lost in Decatur since then according to the household survey. From a March 2010 low of 61,616, Decatur has added 7,568 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Decatur, Alabama Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 56,500 -200 69,184 829
January 2019 56,700 100 68,355 819
December 2018 56,600 200 67,536 -200
November 2018 56,400 -100 67,736 145
October 2018 56,500 300 67,591 -37
September 2018 56,200 400 67,628 -260
August 2018 55,800 300 67,888 120
July 2018 55,500 100 67,768 417
June 2018 55,400 200 67,351 316
May 2018 55,200 -100 67,035 180
April 2018 55,300 500 66,855 422
March 2018 54,800 100 66,433 388