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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Atlanta Area Employment – May 2016

Local Rate of Employment Growth Above National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,661,800 in May 2016, up 76,600, or 3.0 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Atlanta metropolitan area has had over-the-year employment increases each month since July 2010. Nationally, nonfarm employment increased 1.7 percent from May 2015 to May 2016. (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.)

Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, the trade, transportation, and utilities industry had the largest employment gain from May 2015 to May 2016, up 20,300 or 3.5 percent. Nationwide, employment in trade, transportation, and utilities rose 1.6 percent from the previous May. (See chart 2.)

Professional and business services had the second largest increase in employment locally, gaining 16,800 jobs from the previous May. The area’s 3.5-percent growth in this supersector was larger than the nationwide increase of 2.7 percent.

Leisure and hospitality added 15,700 jobs from May 2015 to May 2016. The 5.7-percent rate of local job growth was more than double the national rate of 2.5 percent.

Two other supersectors gained more than 7,500 jobs over the year in the local area. Education and health services added 9,300 jobs and construction gained 7,700 jobs. The area’s 7.2-percent rate of job growth in construction was faster-paced than the nationwide increase of 3.3 percent. The local rate of job growth in the education and health services supersector, at 2.9 percent, compared to the national rate of 3.1 percent.

Information was the only supersector in the local area that lost jobs over the year, down 3,400 or 3.8 percent. Nationwide, information supersector employment edged up 0.2 percent from May a year ago.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in May 2016. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 8 exceeding the national average of 1.7 percent. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area had the fastest rate of job growth, at 3.7 percent, followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale at 3.1 percent. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area had the slowest rate of job growth, up 0.2 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area added the largest number of jobs, 154,500 since May 2015. Employment in New York-Newark-Jersey City and Dallas also increased by over 100,000 each. Houston had the smallest gain, adding just 5,100 jobs over the 12-month period.

Education and health services had the most job growth in 4 of the 12 metropolitan areas from last May—Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York. Professional and business services added the greatest number of jobs in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria; and trade, transportation, and utilities added the most in Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix. These two supersectors added an equal number of jobs in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach. Leisure and hospitality added the most jobs in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin.

Manufacturing had the largest over-the-year loss of jobs in five areas—Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles. Information lost the most jobs in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.

Metropolitan area employment data for June 2016 are scheduled to be released on Friday, July 22, 2016.


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 the Atlanta metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
May
2015
Mar
2016
Apr
2016
May
2016 (P)
May 2015 to May 2016 (P)
Net change Percent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

142,233 142,895 143,941 144,592 2,359 1.7

Mining and logging

821 703 692 687 -134 -16.3

Construction

6,482 6,355 6,560 6,695 213 3.3

Manufacturing

12,308 12,230 12,242 12,262 -46 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,791 26,965 27,055 27,207 416 1.6

Information

2,748 2,778 2,788 2,754 6 0.2

Financial activities

8,084 8,185 8,209 8,243 159 2.0

Professional and business services

19,607 19,829 20,091 20,128 521 2.7

Education and health services

22,038 22,673 22,751 22,719 681 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

15,348 15,041 15,367 15,728 380 2.5

Other services

5,652 5,654 5,685 5,714 62 1.1

Government

22,354 22,482 22,501 22,455 101 0.5

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,585.2 2,625.2 2,645.0 2,661.8 76.6 3.0

Mining and logging

1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

107.4 112.5 113.7 115.1 7.7 7.2

Manufacturing

156.6 161.0 162.2 160.1 3.5 2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

575.3 589.4 591.5 595.6 20.3 3.5

Information

90.5 86.1 87.3 87.1 -3.4 -3.8

Financial activities

161.9 162.0 162.6 164.9 3.0 1.9

Professional and business services

478.6 484.8 491.3 495.4 16.8 3.5

Education and health services

318.5 325.9 326.1 327.8 9.3 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

273.9 275.0 284.0 289.6 15.7 5.7

Other services

97.0 96.9 97.0 97.5 0.5 0.5

Government

324.0 330.1 327.8 327.2 3.2 1.0
(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
2015
Mar
2016
Apr
2016
May
2016 (P)
May 2015 to May 2016 (P)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,585.2 2,625.2 2,645.0 2,661.8 76.6 3.0

Mining and logging

1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

107.4 112.5 113.7 115.1 7.7 7.2

Manufacturing

156.6 161.0 162.2 160.1 3.5 2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

575.3 589.4 591.5 595.6 20.3 3.5

Information

90.5 86.1 87.3 87.1 -3.4 -3.8

Financial activities

161.9 162.0 162.6 164.9 3.0 1.9

Professional and business services

478.6 484.8 491.3 495.4 16.8 3.5

Education and health services

318.5 325.9 326.1 327.8 9.3 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

273.9 275.0 284.0 289.6 15.7 5.7

Other services

97.0 96.9 97.0 97.5 0.5 0.5

Government

324.0 330.1 327.8 327.2 3.2 1.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,665.8 2,643.5 2,684.7 2,697.6 31.8 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

104.1 101.1 107.9 112.6 8.5 8.2

Manufacturing

192.5 188.4 188.7 189.0 -3.5 -1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

416.3 413.2 416.9 421.0 4.7 1.1

Information

77.0 77.0 77.7 74.9 -2.1 -2.7

Financial activities

180.2 183.9 185.2 185.4 5.2 2.9

Professional and business services

456.2 448.2 461.3 461.1 4.9 1.1

Education and health services

558.7 572.6 574.1 570.2 11.5 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

262.8 240.5 252.0 263.5 0.7 0.3

Other services

101.1 102.4 103.6 104.1 3.0 3.0

Government

316.9 316.2 317.3 315.8 -1.1 -0.3

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,611.2 4,573.3 4,620.9 4,672.7 61.5 1.3

Mining and logging

1.6 1.3 1.4 1.5 -0.1 -6.3

Construction

168.4 156.2 166.1 173.7 5.3 3.1

Manufacturing

413.2 411.0 411.9 412.0 -1.2 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

925.9 924.1 929.4 938.7 12.8 1.4

Information

81.9 80.7 80.6 81.0 -0.9 -1.1

Financial activities

292.4 292.3 290.2 292.0 -0.4 -0.1

Professional and business services

809.2 787.8 809.2 821.9 12.7 1.6

Education and health services

705.0 711.9 715.5 713.3 8.3 1.2

Leisure and hospitality

461.3 451.1 462.6 477.5 16.2 3.5

Other services

194.4 195.2 194.2 196.1 1.7 0.9

Government

557.9 561.7 559.8 565.0 7.1 1.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,389.8 3,465.5 3,498.3 3,515.1 125.3 3.7

Mining, logging, and construction

198.1 197.1 201.8 200.0 1.9 1.0

Manufacturing

263.1 260.4 261.4 261.8 -1.3 -0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

714.7 744.9 748.1 751.9 37.2 5.2

Information

80.0 80.3 80.1 80.8 0.8 1.0

Financial activities

274.5 283.8 287.2 289.9 15.4 5.6

Professional and business services

556.5 567.8 573.0 578.8 22.3 4.0

Education and health services

416.5 427.1 431.3 431.7 15.2 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

353.2 363.5 371.0 373.6 20.4 5.8

Other services

119.2 118.2 120.3 120.1 0.9 0.8

Government

414.0 422.4 424.1 426.5 12.5 3.0

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,990.0 2,987.5 2,995.1 2,995.1 5.1 0.2

Mining and logging

100.7 90.5 88.6 87.3 -13.4 -13.3

Construction

216.3 219.0 219.5 219.0 2.7 1.2

Manufacturing

248.5 234.7 232.5 231.2 -17.3 -7.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

609.2 610.7 612.3 612.2 3.0 0.5

Information

32.5 31.0 31.4 31.3 -1.2 -3.7

Financial activities

151.1 152.2 152.0 153.3 2.2 1.5

Professional and business services

470.3 459.5 460.1 457.0 -13.3 -2.8

Education and health services

366.1 377.3 382.5 383.6 17.5 4.8

Leisure and hospitality

302.8 312.9 317.1 319.2 16.4 5.4

Other services

106.7 105.7 105.6 106.9 0.2 0.2

Government

385.8 394.0 393.5 394.1 8.3 2.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,802.3 5,917.2 5,940.2 5,956.8 154.5 2.7

Mining and logging

4.7 4.1 4.1 4.1 -0.6 -12.8

Construction

213.5 225.7 230.2 233.3 19.8 9.3

Manufacturing

518.6 511.9 510.9 509.6 -9.0 -1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,066.1 1,079.1 1,083.2 1,085.3 19.2 1.8

Information

227.2 237.5 241.4 233.6 6.4 2.8

Financial activities

330.3 333.6 334.7 335.9 5.6 1.7

Professional and business services

877.3 896.7 900.0 900.4 23.1 2.6

Education and health services

939.3 980.3 981.3 982.5 43.2 4.6

Leisure and hospitality

693.1 703.4 711.2 721.0 27.9 4.0

Other services

201.2 200.9 202.6 203.4 2.2 1.1

Government

731.0 744.0 740.6 747.7 16.7 2.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,505.0 2,561.7 2,570.1 2,569.5 64.5 2.6

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

110.7 117.0 118.9 120.2 9.5 8.6

Manufacturing

84.2 85.6 84.8 84.7 0.5 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

581.0 591.1 592.4 592.8 11.8 2.0

Information

48.2 48.2 48.0 47.9 -0.3 -0.6

Financial activities

173.9 181.2 181.7 182.3 8.4 4.8

Professional and business services

402.8 411.7 414.7 414.6 11.8 2.9

Education and health services

368.5 374.7 375.7 374.4 5.9 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

308.3 319.1 320.8 319.8 11.5 3.7

Other services

120.9 124.0 124.1 123.9 3.0 2.5

Government

305.9 308.5 308.4 308.3 2.4 0.8

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,377.2 9,380.5 9,470.4 9,521.0 143.8 1.5

Mining, logging, and construction

373.7 369.2 381.6 390.8 17.1 4.6

Manufacturing

367.4 369.0 368.4 371.4 4.0 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,713.8 1,698.4 1,711.3 1,717.8 4.0 0.2

Information

283.5 287.4 287.3 276.1 -7.4 -2.6

Financial activities

759.1 765.4 766.8 765.9 6.8 0.9

Professional and business services

1,482.7 1,484.4 1,498.8 1,509.2 26.5 1.8

Education and health services

1,789.3 1,836.7 1,843.2 1,840.9 51.6 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

887.7 840.6 870.6 907.0 19.3 2.2

Other services

413.3 415.9 422.0 420.6 7.3 1.8

Government

1,306.7 1,313.5 1,320.4 1,321.3 14.6 1.1

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,838.3 2,854.2 2,885.4 2,896.9 58.6 2.1

Mining, logging, and construction

111.6 108.2 113.5 114.9 3.3 3.0

Manufacturing

181.8 182.2 182.6 183.0 1.2 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

516.7 519.6 522.1 527.3 10.6 2.1

Information

46.2 46.3 46.8 44.5 -1.7 -3.7

Financial activities

207.9 209.4 209.1 210.2 2.3 1.1

Professional and business services

451.3 457.0 466.5 471.9 20.6 4.6

Education and health services

603.9 620.2 622.6 617.3 13.4 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

259.3 248.4 258.3 264.3 5.0 1.9

Other services

118.4 118.6 119.2 119.9 1.5 1.3

Government

341.2 344.3 344.7 343.6 2.4 0.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,902.1 1,970.9 1,977.5 1,960.8 58.7 3.1

Mining and logging

3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 -0.1 -2.9

Construction

98.0 105.0 105.4 106.1 8.1 8.3

Manufacturing

119.0 120.1 118.4 120.1 1.1 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

371.2 382.2 384.0 384.2 13.0 3.5

Information

36.9 38.3 39.3 39.2 2.3 6.2

Financial activities

165.6 175.1 175.3 175.0 9.4 5.7

Professional and business services

317.8 329.6 332.9 327.9 10.1 3.2

Education and health services

279.3 291.6 292.9 291.9 12.6 4.5

Leisure and hospitality

209.9 217.2 216.3 212.9 3.0 1.4

Other services

65.4 67.0 66.7 65.7 0.3 0.5

Government

235.6 241.5 243.0 234.5 -1.1 -0.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,251.0 2,297.3 2,308.4 2,315.8 64.8 2.9

Mining and logging

1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 -0.1 -10.0

Construction

108.2 114.6 117.0 118.1 9.9 9.1

Manufacturing

124.9 126.7 127.1 126.7 1.8 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

360.9 370.6 368.4 370.4 9.5 2.6

Information

83.9 86.3 86.1 85.6 1.7 2.0

Financial activities

129.1 129.1 129.0 129.7 0.6 0.5

Professional and business services

457.8 472.5 474.4 473.4 15.6 3.4

Education and health services

328.7 341.2 340.8 342.6 13.9 4.2

Leisure and hospitality

259.9 257.5 265.0 267.6 7.7 3.0

Other services

84.1 83.4 84.1 84.4 0.3 0.4

Government

312.5 314.5 315.6 316.4 3.9 1.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,185.4 3,206.6 3,231.7 3,247.3 61.9 1.9

Mining, logging, and construction

150.7 156.1 158.6 158.3 7.6 5.0

Manufacturing

52.8 52.4 52.4 53.3 0.5 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

400.9 405.9 409.6 413.8 12.9 3.2

Information

77.6 75.2 74.8 71.4 -6.2 -8.0

Financial activities

153.7 154.3 154.8 154.1 0.4 0.3

Professional and business services

721.8 730.1 735.1 739.2 17.4 2.4

Education and health services

416.0 423.4 424.4 423.3 7.3 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

315.6 310.4 319.8 326.4 10.8 3.4

Other services

197.9 199.2 199.5 200.1 2.2 1.1

Government

698.4 699.6 702.7 707.4 9.0 1.3
(P) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, July 05, 2016