Birmingham named one of the top job markets for the 1st quarter of 2020 by Forbes

Birmingham, Alabama Skyline
Birmingham, Alabama skyline. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Jobs, jobs, jobs!

Forbes, one of the nation’s most venerable business magazines (102 years old!) is reporting  good news about the Birmingham jobs market for the first quarter of 2020.

According to the Birmingham Business Alliance, the publication included Birmingham in its top 10 most promising job markets based on net employment outlook for the first quarter of 2020, with the Magic City posting a 21 percent net employment outlook for Q1.

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The source for the Forbes article on first quarter job market comes from ManpowerGroup North America, a Milwaukee-based global staffing firm that conducts a quarterly Employment Outlook Survey.

The Southeastern United States as a whole is the region with the most promising job market outlook for the start of 2020. In fact,  Chattanooga topped the national list with a 34 percent net employment outlook for Q1.

One additional item of note – Birmingham’s job market does look brighter in the first quarter than Nashville, Atlanta and New Orleans, according to the survey.

View the Manpower North America report – HERE.

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View of Railroad Park from on top of the Elyton Hotel by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Birmingham continues to make progress regionally and nationally.  Over the past 3 years Bham Now has compiled a pretty extensive list of articles featuring the Magic City.

Below is our compilation of stores.  Enjoy!

fDI Magazine – Birmingham named among top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future by international publication

Thrillist – Thrillist does a deep dive into Birmingham. Says it should be on everyone’s radar

Birmingham, Alabama, Lyric Theatre
Via Lyric Theatre.

BBCBirmingham, Alabama: A city using theatres to reinvent itself

Conde NastConde Nast declares Birmingham has arrived

Trip AdvisorBirmingham named ‘up and coming foodie city’

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Bottega – Photo by Pat Byington

Inc. – Birmingham ranks 37 on Inc. 50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business

Wine Enthusiasts – National publication Wine Enthusiast features

Birmingham’s “top tier” drinking and dining hot spots

Nylon Magazine – Birmingham sparks attention

Vogue Magazine’s  “the South’s Magic City”

The Storyteller. Frank Fleming’s beautiful fountain in the heart of 5 Points Neighborhood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Outside Magazine”s 25 Best Towns of 2017 edition.

The New York Times“Birmingham is ready to surprise you.”

Washington Post“best vacation destinations you’ve never considered” series.

CNN“15 charming cities in the American South you may have overlooked.”


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