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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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Atlanta Area Employment – May 2015

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,583,200 in May 2015, an increase of 79,600 or 3.2 percent, from a year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Atlanta area has recorded over-the-year employment gains for nearly five years. Nationally, nonfarm employment increased 2.2 percent from May 2014 to May 2015. (See chart 1 and table 1; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains metropolitan area definitions. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

 Chart 1. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year percent change in the United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, May 2010-May 2015

Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, professional and business services recorded the largest employment gain from May 2014 to May 2015, adding 20,100 jobs. The area’s 4.4-percent growth in professional and business services employment was larger than the nationwide increase of 3.6 percent. (See chart 2.)

Trade, transportation, and utilities had the second largest increase in jobs locally, increasing by 19,400 from the previous May. Employment in this supersector grew 3.5 percent in Atlanta compared to 2.1 percent for the nation.

Leisure and hospitality added 17,500 jobs from May 2014 to May 2015. Over the 12 months, employment in leisure and hospitality grew 6.6 percent locally, more than double the national rate of 3.0 percent.  

 Chart 2. Total nonfarm and selected industry supersector employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, May 2015

Three other supersectors in the Atlanta area gained at least 5,500 jobs since last May — education and health services (9,800); construction (6,100); and financial activities (5,700). Locally, the rate of employment in all three supersectors was greater than their respective national rate.

Information was the only supersector in the Atlanta area that had an employment decline greater than 1,000 from the previous May, down 1,100 or 1.2 percent. Nationally, this supersector added jobs over the 12-month period, increasing 2.3 percent.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in May 2015. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 6 exceeding the national average of 2.2 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, up 3.4 percent, followed by Atlanta, up 3.2 percent. The slowest growth rate occurred in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (1.0 percent). (See chart 3 and table 2.)

 Chart 3. Total nonfram employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the 12 largest metropolitan areas, May 2015

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area added the largest number of jobs, 151,200 since May 2014. Employment increased by over 100,00 in two other areas—New York-Newark-Jersey City (139,800) and Dallas (110,500). Philadelphia experienced the smallest gain, adding 29,300 jobs over the 12-month period.

Professional and business services recorded the most job growth in 5 of the 12 metropolitan areas from May a year ago—Atlanta, Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Education and health services added the most jobs in five other areas—Los Angeles, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale. The remaining two metropolitan areas, Dallas and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, had the most job growth in trade, transportation and utilities.

Manufacturing recorded the largest over-the-year loss of jobs in five areas—Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, and Phoenix. Four areas experienced no job losses greater than 1,000 for any supersector since last May—Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco.

Metropolitan area employment data for June 2015 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.


Technical Note

This release presents nonfarm payroll employment estimates from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative endeavor between State employment security agencies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Definitions. Employment data refer to persons on establishment payrolls who receive pay for any part of the pay period which includes the 12th of the month. Persons are counted at their place of work rather than at their place of residence; those appearing on more than one payroll are counted on each payroll. Industries are classified on the basis of their principal activity in accordance with the 2012 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. The employment data are estimated using a "link relative" technique in which a ratio (link relative) of current-month employment to that of the previous month is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are obtained by multiplying the estimates for the previous month by these ratios. Small-domain models are used as the official estimators for approximately 39 percent of CES published series which have insufficient sample for direct sample-based estimates.

Annual revisions. Employment estimates are adjusted annually to a complete count of jobs, called benchmarks, derived principally from tax reports which are submitted by employers who are covered under state unemployment insurance (UI) laws. The benchmark information is used to adjust the monthly estimates between the new benchmark and the preceding one and also to establish the level of employment for the new benchmark month. Thus, the benchmarking process establishes the level of employment, and the sample is used to measure the month-to-month changes in the level for the subsequent months.

Reliability of the estimates. The estimates presented in this release are based on sample survey and administrative data and thus are subject to sampling and other types of errors. Sampling error is a measure of sampling variability—that is, variation that occurs by chance because a sample rather than the entire population is surveyed. Survey data are also subject to nonsampling errors, such as those which can be introduced into the data collection and processing operations. Estimates not directly derived from sample surveys are subject to additional errors resulting from the special estimation processes used. The sums of individual items may not always equal the totals shown in the same tables because of rounding.

Employment estimates. Measures of sampling error for state CES data at the supersector level are available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on February 28, 2013. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the counties of Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton in Georgia.

Additional information

More complete information on the technical procedures used to develop these estimates and additional data appear in Employment and Earnings, which is available online at www.bls.gov/opub/ee/home.htm. Industry employment data for states and metropolitan areas from the Current Employment Statistics program are also available in the above mentioned news releases and from the Internet at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and Atlanta metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
May
2014
Mar
2015
Apr
2015
May
2015 (P)
Change from May
2014 to May 2015 (P)
Number Percent

United States

 

Total nonfarm

139,297 140,298 141,450 142,420 3,123 2.2

Mining and logging

884 867 852 838 -46 -5.2

Construction

6,151 6,012 6,255 6,441 290 4.7

Manufacturing

12,140 12,266 12,273 12,314 174 1.4

Trade transportation and utilities

26,228 26,454 26,570 26,791 563 2.1

Information

2,725 2,774 2,786 2,787 62 2.3

Financial activities

7,940 8,046 8,060 8,101 161 2.0

Professional and business services

19,002 19,343 19,602 19,688 686 3.6

Education and health services

21,468 22,007 22,099 22,088 620 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

14,942 14,644 14,983 15,393 451 3.0

Other services

5,600 5,597 5,627 5,661 61 1.1

Government

22,217 22,288 22,343 22,318 101 0.5

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,503.6 2,545.3 2,567.2 2,583.2 79.6 3.2

Mining and logging

1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 -0.1 -7.1

Construction

100.0 102.5 104.5 106.1 6.1 6.1

Manufacturing

152.3 152.7 154.1 153.6 1.3 0.9

Trade transportation and utilities

550.1 566.4 568.0 569.5 19.4 3.5

Information

89.4 87.9 88.3 88.3 -1.1 -1.2

Financial activities

159.0 162.8 164.8 164.7 5.7 3.6

Professional and business services

459.5 468.9 473.1 479.6 20.1 4.4

Education and health services

307.3 315.7 316.7 317.1 9.8 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

263.7 263.3 271.5 281.2 17.5 6.6

Other services

94.8 94.8 94.8 94.2 -0.6 -0.6

Government

326.1 329.0 330.1 327.6 1.5 0.5

(P) Preliminary

Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
May
2014
Mar
2015
Apr
2015
May
2015 (P)
Change from May
2014 to May 2015 (P)
Number Percent

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,503.6 2,545.3 2,567.2 2,583.2 79.6 3.2

Mining and logging

1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 -0.1 -7.1

Construction

100.0 102.5 104.5 106.1 6.1 6.1

Manufacturing

152.3 152.7 154.1 153.6 1.3 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

550.1 566.4 568.0 569.5 19.4 3.5

Information

89.4 87.9 88.3 88.3 -1.1 -1.2

Financial activities

159.0 162.8 164.8 164.7 5.7 3.6

Professional and business services

459.5 468.9 473.1 479.6 20.1 4.4

Education and health services

307.3 315.7 316.7 317.1 9.8 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

263.7 263.3 271.5 281.2 17.5 6.6

Other services

94.8 94.8 94.8 94.2 -0.6 -0.6

Government

326.1 329.0 330.1 327.6 1.5 0.5

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,596.2 2,585.3 2,620.0 2,647.4 51.2 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

95.5 86.8 94.0 99.2 3.7 3.9

Manufacturing

191.8 191.4 190.2 191.1 -0.7 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

409.6 406.4 408.7 414.6 5.0 1.2

Information

75.0 75.7 76.1 76.6 1.6 2.1

Financial activities

171.8 172.4 174.1 175.0 3.2 1.9

Professional and business services

441.4 440.5 450.0 455.0 13.6 3.1

Education and health services

540.9 552.3 555.8 552.6 11.7 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

254.2 238.2 245.9 258.0 3.8 1.5

Other services

100.2 100.7 102.2 102.9 2.7 2.7

Government

315.8 320.9 323.0 322.4 6.6 2.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,526.4 4,481.9 4,529.5 4,582.9 56.5 1.2

Mining and logging

1.5 1.2 1.4 1.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

157.4 145.3 155.3 162.9 5.5 3.5

Manufacturing

410.1 407.0 405.9 405.6 -4.5 -1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

902.6 904.7 909.4 916.8 14.2 1.6

Information

80.4 80.4 80.0 80.2 -0.2 -0.2

Financial activities

288.6 285.7 284.5 285.4 -3.2 -1.1

Professional and business services

799.5 784.7 806.2 817.8 18.3 2.3

Education and health services

689.3 699.4 701.5 702.0 12.7 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

446.0 426.2 435.4 452.5 6.5 1.5

Other services

195.3 192.0 193.0 194.8 -0.5 -0.3

Government

555.7 555.3 556.9 563.4 7.7 1.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,265.4 3,340.3 3,369.1 3,375.9 110.5 3.4

Mining, logging, and construction

192.5 198.2 198.3 196.2 3.7 1.9

Manufacturing

261.9 261.8 261.0 260.2 -1.7 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

673.6 697.2 700.7 702.8 29.2 4.3

Information

82.4 81.9 81.1 81.1 -1.3 -1.6

Financial activities

263.8 273.4 275.4 276.4 12.6 4.8

Professional and business services

532.7 548.3 557.2 557.5 24.8 4.7

Education and health services

398.8 412.0 415.9 415.9 17.1 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

337.0 340.8 349.7 354.6 17.6 5.2

Other services

117.0 114.8 117.8 116.9 -0.1 -0.1

Government

405.7 411.9 412.0 414.3 8.6 2.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,923.0 2,973.1 2,971.6 2,985.3 62.3 2.1

Mining and logging

108.6 113.9 110.5 108.4 -0.2 -0.2

Construction

203.6 207.0 206.4 205.9 2.3 1.1

Manufacturing

253.0 254.2 252.1 249.5 -3.5 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

590.4 602.3 602.8 608.2 17.8 3.0

Information

33.1 33.0 34.3 33.7 0.6 1.8

Financial activities

147.5 148.5 146.6 147.3 -0.2 -0.1

Professional and business services

463.2 466.4 464.3 469.6 6.4 1.4

Education and health services

349.1 362.9 362.4 364.3 15.2 4.4

Leisure and hospitality

290.3 295.1 301.2 306.9 16.6 5.7

Other services

104.7 103.6 103.9 104.4 -0.3 -0.3

Government

379.5 386.2 387.1 387.1 7.6 2.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,716.1 5,841.3 5,850.9 5,867.3 151.2 2.6

Mining and logging

5.4 5.2 5.1 5.2 -0.2 -3.7

Construction

200.6 209.6 213.7 215.3 14.7 7.3

Manufacturing

523.4 526.1 525.8 526.6 3.2 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,045.6 1,067.9 1,067.8 1,071.9 26.3 2.5

Information

213.0 224.4 225.5 215.0 2.0 0.9

Financial activities

323.4 327.8 327.3 326.6 3.2 1.0

Professional and business services

880.6 894.9 899.1 900.6 20.0 2.3

Education and health services

938.1 976.3 971.4 980.3 42.2 4.5

Leisure and hospitality

662.2 670.7 676.5 682.5 20.3 3.1

Other services

199.4 206.2 204.4 206.7 7.3 3.7

Government

724.4 732.2 734.3 736.6 12.2 1.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,425.2 2,502.4 2,499.8 2,500.7 75.5 3.1

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

100.7 106.1 105.7 106.4 5.7 5.7

Manufacturing

80.4 82.4 81.8 81.2 0.8 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

561.1 577.6 576.0 576.3 15.2 2.7

Information

47.5 48.4 48.3 48.5 1.0 2.1

Financial activities

168.1 173.5 174.5 174.9 6.8 4.0

Professional and business services

387.6 401.1 401.8 402.1 14.5 3.7

Education and health services

355.8 369.1 369.2 371.6 15.8 4.4

Leisure and hospitality

299.5 314.3 314.1 311.5 12.0 4.0

Other services

117.3 122.8 121.5 121.2 3.9 3.3

Government

306.6 306.5 306.3 306.4 -0.2 -0.1

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

 

Total nonfarm

9,177.4 9,151.0 9,226.4 9,317.2 139.8 1.5

Mining, logging, and construction

349.2 329.8 348.1 362.4 13.2 3.8

Manufacturing

371.2 366.7 366.2 367.8 -3.4 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,684.1 1,687.4 1,689.0 1,706.3 22.2 1.3

Information

283.1 284.8 284.0 283.7 0.6 0.2

Financial activities

751.8 750.3 752.1 753.1 1.3 0.2

Professional and business services

1,431.9 1,424.1 1,443.7 1,455.3 23.4 1.6

Education and health services

1,739.7 1,781.5 1,784.7 1,790.6 50.9 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

859.1 813.3 837.5 874.4 15.3 1.8

Other services

405.1 409.9 409.8 415.9 10.8 2.7

Government

1,302.2 1,303.2 1,311.3 1,307.7 5.5 0.4

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

 

Total nonfarm

2,799.8 2,786.0 2,814.0 2,829.1 29.3 1.0

Mining, logging, and construction

106.7 106.0 110.2 114.6 7.9 7.4

Manufacturing

179.2 179.0 178.3 178.3 -0.9 -0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

513.0 512.0 516.8 520.5 7.5 1.5

Information

46.3 45.3 45.5 45.7 -0.6 -1.3

Financial activities

203.3 204.4 205.5 206.2 2.9 1.4

Professional and business services

449.2 438.2 442.2 442.7 -6.5 -1.4

Education and health services

588.0 600.1 603.3 599.2 11.2 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

253.0 240.3 248.9 260.0 7.0 2.8

Other services

118.8 119.6 121.8 122.2 3.4 2.9

Government

342.3 341.1 341.5 339.7 -2.6 -0.8

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,844.2 1,905.2 1,904.3 1,899.4 55.2 3.0

Mining and logging

3.4 3.3 3.4 3.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

95.9 99.6 99.6 101.4 5.5 5.7

Manufacturing

118.5 116.8 116.4 116.9 -1.6 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

360.5 371.5 368.0 367.9 7.4 2.1

Information

35.0 34.9 35.7 35.2 0.2 0.6

Financial activities

161.3 165.9 165.6 166.4 5.1 3.2

Professional and business services

305.9 313.4 316.0 317.7 11.8 3.9

Education and health services

266.9 277.7 277.7 279.9 13.0 4.9

Leisure and hospitality

201.2 209.2 209.0 207.0 5.8 2.9

Other services

64.2 69.3 68.6 68.2 4.0 6.2

Government

231.4 243.6 244.3 235.4 4.0 1.7

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,182.2 2,226.3 2,238.7 2,248.5 66.3 3.0

Mining and logging

0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 -0.1 -11.1

Construction

99.6 104.1 105.0 103.8 4.2 4.2

Manufacturing

120.3 123.1 123.8 124.3 4.0 3.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

350.8 354.7 353.5 357.8 7.0 2.0

Information

77.1 80.2 81.2 80.8 3.7 4.8

Financial activities

127.4 127.2 126.3 127.5 0.1 0.1

Professional and business services

439.0 460.6 464.8 466.5 27.5 6.3

Education and health services

326.6 330.7 331.2 330.0 3.4 1.0

Leisure and hospitality

250.8 251.1 255.1 260.1 9.3 3.7

Other services

83.3 85.7 86.6 86.0 2.7 3.2

Government

306.4 308.1 310.4 310.9 4.5 1.5

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

 

Total nonfarm

3,124.1 3,127.1 3,163.0 3,181.1 57.0 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

149.6 146.2 150.5 153.9 4.3 2.9

Manufacturing

50.3 48.8 48.9 48.9 -1.4 -2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

394.7 397.9 402.4 404.1 9.4 2.4

Information

78.2 75.3 75.6 76.4 -1.8 -2.3

Financial activities

151.5 149.4 149.9 149.5 -2.0 -1.3

Professional and business services

705.9 708.6 718.6 723.5 17.6 2.5

Education and health services

404.0 418.7 421.2 419.4 15.4 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

305.8 292.1 303.2 310.4 4.6 1.5

Other services

194.1 192.8 194.5 195.4 1.3 0.7

Government

690.0 697.3 698.2 699.6 9.6 1.4

(P) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, July 01, 2015