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Atlanta Area Employment – February 2016

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,606,500 in February 2016, an increase of 72,500, or 2.9 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 each month since July 2010. Nationally, nonfarm employment increased 1.9 percent from February 2015 to February 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, trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the largest employment gain from February 2015 to February 2016, adding 18,900 jobs. The area’s 3.3-percent growth in trade, transportation, and utilities employment was larger than the nationwide increase of 1.8 percent. (See chart 2.)

Professional and business services had the second largest increase in employment locally, gaining 15,400 jobs from the previous February. Employment in this supersector grew 3.3 percent in Atlanta compared to 3.2 percent for the nation.

Leisure and hospitality added 13,900 jobs from February 2015 to February 2016. The 5.4-percent rate of local job growth was faster-paced than the national rate of 3.0 percent.

Four other supersectors added at least 3,000 jobs since February 2015—education and health services, construction, manufacturing, and government. The local rates of job growth were higher than the respective national rates in three of these supersectors; education and health services was the exception.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in February 2016. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 9 exceeding the national average of 1.9 percent. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale areas had the fastest rates of job growth, up 3.5 percent each, followed by San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward at 3.4 percent. The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area had the slowest rate of job growth, up 0.3 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The New York-Newark-Jersey City area added the largest number of jobs, 181,700, since February 2015. Employment in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and Dallas increased by over 100,000 each. Houston had the smallest gain, adding 9,000 jobs over the 12-month period.

Professional and business services had the most job growth  in 5 of the 12 metropolitan areas from February a year ago—Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Education and health services added the most jobs in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles, and New York.

Manufacturing had the largest over-the-year loss of jobs in four areas—Boston, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles. Three areas experienced no annual job losses in any supersector—Miami, New York, and Philadelphia.

Metropolitan area employment data for March 2016 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data

Effective with the release of January 2016 data, nonfarm payroll employment estimates for states and metropolitan areas were revised to reflect 2015 benchmark levels. For more information on benchmark procedures, see www.bls.gov/sae/benchmark2016.pdf. 

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), February 2016
Area and Industry
 
Feb
2015
Dec
2015
Jan
2016
Feb
2016 (P)
Feb 2015 to Feb 2016 (P)
Net Change Percent Change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

139,343 144,116 141,155 142,005 2,662 1.9

Mining and logging

861 765 741 717 -144 -16.7

Construction

5,962 6,507 6,210 6,215 253 4.2

Manufacturing

12,219 12,323 12,247 12,239 20 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,344 27,867 27,000 26,814 470 1.8

Information

2,729 2,768 2,730 2,773 44 1.6

Financial activities

8,016 8,201 8,154 8,159 143 1.8

Professional and business services

19,137 20,079 19,669 19,742 605 3.2

Education and health services

21,887 22,559 22,257 22,588 701 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

14,374 15,000 14,675 14,808 434 3.0

Other services

5,555 5,641 5,588 5,623 68 1.2

Government

22,259 22,406 21,884 22,327 68 0.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,534.0 2,643.8 2,598.8 2,606.5 72.5 2.9

Mining and logging

1.4 1.5 1.5 1.5 0.1 7.1

Construction

104.5 111.7 109.7 110.1 5.6 5.4

Manufacturing

155.6 161.3 160.5 159.9 4.3 2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

567.0 604.5 587.4 585.9 18.9 3.3

Information

86.7 87.4 86.6 86.1 -0.6 -0.7

Financial activities

160.0 163.4 163.0 161.8 1.8 1.1

Professional and business services

467.6 489.6 476.3 483.0 15.4 3.3

Education and health services

314.7 323.7 320.1 322.5 7.8 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

257.2 275.8 271.1 271.1 13.9 5.4

Other services

94.5 98.7 97.2 96.4 1.9 2.0

Government

324.8 326.2 325.4 328.2 3.4 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
 
Feb
2015
Dec
2015
Jan
2016
Feb
2016 (P)
Feb 2015 to Feb 2016 (P)
Net Change Percent Change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,534.0 2,643.8 2,598.8 2,606.5 72.5 2.9

Mining and logging

1.4 1.5 1.5 1.5 0.1 7.1

Construction

104.5 111.7 109.7 110.1 5.6 5.4

Manufacturing

155.6 161.3 160.5 159.9 4.3 2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

567.0 604.5 587.4 585.9 18.9 3.3

Information

86.7 87.4 86.6 86.1 -0.6 -0.7

Financial activities

160.0 163.4 163.0 161.8 1.8 1.1

Professional and business services

467.6 489.6 476.3 483.0 15.4 3.3

Education and health services

314.7 323.7 320.1 322.5 7.8 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

257.2 275.8 271.1 271.1 13.9 5.4

Other services

94.5 98.7 97.2 96.4 1.9 2.0

Government

324.8 326.2 325.4 328.2 3.4 1.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,578.8 2,681.1 2,618.0 2,625.6 46.8 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

89.8 107.0 102.0 99.5 9.7 10.8

Manufacturing

191.3 191.1 189.4 189.1 -2.2 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

406.1 428.6 417.3 409.4 3.3 0.8

Information

76.0 77.3 77.1 76.8 0.8 1.1

Financial activities

178.2 184.3 183.7 183.9 5.7 3.2

Professional and business services

439.2 458.3 445.4 446.2 7.0 1.6

Education and health services

551.9 566.9 558.0 569.1 17.2 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

234.4 248.6 237.4 236.5 2.1 0.9

Other services

96.5 103.0 100.6 99.9 3.4 3.5

Government

315.4 316.0 307.1 315.2 -0.2 -0.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,465.0 4,640.6 4,514.9 4,542.0 77.0 1.7

Mining and logging

1.3 1.4 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

141.5 165.7 150.3 149.4 7.9 5.6

Manufacturing

411.6 414.3 410.6 411.5 -0.1 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

904.1 958.1 923.5 920.3 16.2 1.8

Information

80.4 82.3 80.9 80.9 0.5 0.6

Financial activities

289.1 295.0 290.8 290.1 1.0 0.3

Professional and business services

781.9 802.8 774.9 782.7 0.8 0.1

Education and health services

695.9 711.3 704.8 711.3 15.4 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

420.4 452.2 437.3 441.5 21.1 5.0

Other services

191.8 195.2 192.6 195.2 3.4 1.8

Government

547.0 562.3 548.0 557.9 10.9 2.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,331.0 3,483.6 3,422.2 3,447.8 116.8 3.5

Mining, logging, and construction

197.7 200.8 195.1 197.5 -0.2 -0.1

Manufacturing

263.6 260.4 259.3 259.2 -4.4 -1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

702.2 758.9 741.2 740.7 38.5 5.5

Information

79.3 80.6 79.6 80.7 1.4 1.8

Financial activities

271.1 283.0 282.8 283.3 12.2 4.5

Professional and business services

548.7 575.6 558.6 565.1 16.4 3.0

Education and health services

407.7 423.5 422.5 424.7 17.0 4.2

Leisure and hospitality

333.5 361.4 355.2 358.4 24.9 7.5

Other services

116.8 118.3 114.5 117.3 0.5 0.4

Government

410.4 421.1 413.4 420.9 10.5 2.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,974.6 3,021.3 2,973.5 2,983.6 9.0 0.3

Mining and logging

107.0 94.3 92.5 89.3 -17.7 -16.5

Construction

214.4 224.4 220.9 221.5 7.1 3.3

Manufacturing

257.4 238.7 237.4 234.3 -23.1 -9.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

604.6 627.5 612.6 609.9 5.3 0.9

Information

32.0 31.5 31.6 31.8 -0.2 -0.6

Financial activities

149.7 152.1 151.8 151.4 1.7 1.1

Professional and business services

470.3 468.6 458.4 459.0 -11.3 -2.4

Education and health services

361.6 377.5 375.3 377.8 16.2 4.5

Leisure and hospitality

288.3 309.0 305.3 309.0 20.7 7.2

Other services

105.2 106.1 105.6 105.4 0.2 0.2

Government

384.1 391.6 382.1 394.2 10.1 2.6

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,743.7 5,952.5 5,834.7 5,893.3 149.6 2.6

Mining and logging

4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

206.3 223.7 220.3 224.9 18.6 9.0

Manufacturing

519.2 514.5 508.4 509.1 -10.1 -1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,059.6 1,118.4 1,088.1 1,077.5 17.9 1.7

Information

227.3 233.1 224.1 237.5 10.2 4.5

Financial activities

326.5 335.8 331.1 332.4 5.9 1.8

Professional and business services

874.1 906.9 883.3 895.4 21.3 2.4

Education and health services

932.4 969.6 957.0 975.1 42.7 4.6

Leisure and hospitality

669.6 706.4 691.8 697.6 28.0 4.2

Other services

197.8 200.5 196.6 200.8 3.0 1.5

Government

726.7 739.3 729.7 738.8 12.1 1.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,487.0 2,572.7 2,542.7 2,554.8 67.8 2.7

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

107.0 119.1 115.7 115.8 8.8 8.2

Manufacturing

82.9 85.0 84.8 86.0 3.1 3.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

578.9 605.3 592.4 591.5 12.6 2.2

Information

47.5 48.5 48.0 48.0 0.5 1.1

Financial activities

172.4 177.6 178.4 180.5 8.1 4.7

Professional and business services

399.4 417.3 408.4 412.4 13.0 3.3

Education and health services

363.7 376.5 372.7 373.7 10.0 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

308.9 313.5 313.4 315.9 7.0 2.3

Other services

120.5 122.7 123.0 122.9 2.4 2.0

Government

305.2 306.6 305.3 307.5 2.3 0.8

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,114.6 9,537.1 9,258.3 9,296.3 181.7 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

331.9 382.2 358.2 354.9 23.0 6.9

Manufacturing

363.9 370.8 367.7 368.4 4.5 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,683.6 1,778.2 1,714.2 1,693.6 10.0 0.6

Information

282.3 289.1 284.2 287.1 4.8 1.7

Financial activities

752.0 772.2 760.4 762.3 10.3 1.4

Professional and business services

1,434.3 1,516.1 1,466.6 1,469.9 35.6 2.5

Education and health services

1,764.6 1,828.6 1,792.4 1,816.6 52.0 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

807.5 859.0 823.0 824.0 16.5 2.0

Other services

402.7 417.5 410.0 413.1 10.4 2.6

Government

1,291.8 1,323.4 1,281.6 1,306.4 14.6 1.1

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,766.9 2,879.2 2,814.3 2,826.9 60.0 2.2

Mining, logging, and construction

99.3 112.6 107.4 105.0 5.7 5.7

Manufacturing

180.2 182.0 181.1 180.6 0.4 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

505.4 539.6 518.2 513.3 7.9 1.6

Information

46.1 46.9 46.4 46.3 0.2 0.4

Financial activities

205.9 210.4 209.1 209.2 3.3 1.6

Professional and business services

435.3 459.3 450.5 453.4 18.1 4.2

Education and health services

604.6 616.8 608.2 619.9 15.3 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

235.0 248.5 240.0 238.7 3.7 1.6

Other services

115.6 118.7 116.9 118.0 2.4 2.1

Government

339.5 344.4 336.5 342.5 3.0 0.9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,897.8 1,984.7 1,946.9 1,964.8 67.0 3.5

Mining and logging

3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 -0.1 -2.9

Construction

96.0 101.2 100.9 103.2 7.2 7.5

Manufacturing

118.3 121.2 120.6 119.7 1.4 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

369.5 398.7 383.6 381.6 12.1 3.3

Information

36.5 38.3 38.6 38.6 2.1 5.8

Financial activities

164.3 171.8 172.1 174.5 10.2 6.2

Professional and business services

315.7 342.2 331.2 330.3 14.6 4.6

Education and health services

277.9 291.9 289.5 291.8 13.9 5.0

Leisure and hospitality

207.7 210.9 210.2 213.8 6.1 2.9

Other services

65.2 65.7 65.3 66.3 1.1 1.7

Government

243.3 239.5 231.6 241.7 -1.6 -0.7

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,209.2 2,313.1 2,276.3 2,284.7 75.5 3.4

Mining and logging

1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 -0.1 -10.0

Construction

104.0 114.7 113.6 113.1 9.1 8.8

Manufacturing

124.4 128.4 126.2 126.4 2.0 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

358.0 386.7 374.2 369.8 11.8 3.3

Information

82.0 86.4 85.8 86.0 4.0 4.9

Financial activities

127.7 129.8 128.6 128.5 0.8 0.6

Professional and business services

449.5 475.0 469.5 470.5 21.0 4.7

Education and health services

325.4 335.3 333.1 339.4 14.0 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

247.8 259.9 253.1 255.3 7.5 3.0

Other services

82.4 83.2 81.4 82.8 0.4 0.5

Government

307.0 312.7 309.9 312.0 5.0 1.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,111.7 3,222.2 3,171.3 3,180.5 68.8 2.2

Mining, logging, and construction

141.8 153.8 150.7 149.6 7.8 5.5

Manufacturing

51.6 53.5 52.0 51.9 0.3 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

391.7 420.0 405.3 401.4 9.7 2.5

Information

77.0 75.6 75.0 75.4 -1.6 -2.1

Financial activities

152.3 155.2 154.4 154.3 2.0 1.3

Professional and business services

706.9 729.9 724.0 724.4 17.5 2.5

Education and health services

413.2 419.9 417.8 422.2 9.0 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

291.2 312.1 306.1 303.5 12.3 4.2

Other services

193.0 200.0 196.3 197.7 4.7 2.4

Government

693.0 702.2 689.7 700.1 7.1 1.0
(P) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, April 06, 2016