Employment in Birmingham

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Employment in Birmingham is a primary issue.


In February 2017 the City of Birmingham reported 205,831 jobs in the city, of which 113,323 (55%) were located in the 15 square mile "urban core" centered on downtown.

  • 26,828 jobs (13.0%) were retail positions.
  • 15,133 jobs (7.4%) were in the finance, insurance and real estate sector.
  • 13,000+ jobs (6.4%) were in government service.
  • 10,712 jobs (5.2%) were in the manufacturing sector.

The city's (and state's) largest employer is UAB, accounting for approximately 23,000 (20.3%) of the city's jobs.