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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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Miami Area Employment – September 2015

Total nonfarm employment for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,483,400 in September 2015, up 56,400, or 2.3 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Nationally, employment increased 1.9 percent from September 2014 to September 2015. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the local area has had over-the-year employment gains of 50,000 or more since October 2012. (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 Miami metropolitan area and its divisions, September 2010–September 2015

The Miami area is made up of three metropolitan divisions—separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area. All three divisions gained jobs over the year. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, the largest of the three divisions with 45 percent of the area’s employment, added 21,800 jobs from September a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach division which accounted for 32 percent of Miami’s workforce, added 22,800 jobs. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach division, with 23 percent of the workforce, added 11,800 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

In the Miami metropolitan area, the professional and business services supersector had the largest employment increase, up 18,800 or 4.8 percent from September a year ago. All three metropolitan divisions gained jobs in this supersector over the year. Nationwide, employment in this industry grew 3.1 percent over the 12-month period. (See chart 2.)

Leisure and hospitality had the second largest over-the-year increase in jobs locally in September 2015, growing by 11,700 or 4.0 percent. Job growth in this supersector was concentrated in the Miami metropolitan division. Nationwide, leisure and hospitality employment increased 2.9 percent during this period.

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

Two other supersectors gained at least 8,000 jobs over the year in the metropolitan area. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 8,500 jobs, an increase of 1.5 percent, with the largest gains occurring in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale divisions. Nationally, employment in this industry grew 2.0 percent over the year. Education and health services added 8,000 jobs locally, an increase of 2.2 percent from September 2014. Nationally, this supersector had a 2.6-percent rate of job gain over the year.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Miami was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in September 2015. All of these areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with six exceeding the national average of 1.9 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, up 3.4 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (3.0 percent) and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell (2.9 percent). The slowest rates of job growth were in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (0.9 percent each). (See chart 3 and table 2.)

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim added the largest number of jobs, 129,900, since September 2014. Two other metropolitan areas, New York-Newark-Jersey City and Dallas, gained more than 98,000 jobs over the year. Philadelphia added the fewest jobs.

Professional and business services led employment growth in 6 of the 12 metropolitan areas from a year ago–Atlanta, Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Education and health services recorded the largest gains in three areas–Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale.

Over the year, manufacturing recorded the largest job losses in 8 of the 12 areas–Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington. Miami was the only area that recorded no job loss of 1,000 or more in any supersector from September 2014 to September 2015.

Metropolitan area employment data for October 2015 are scheduled to be released on Monday, December 7, 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 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla., Metropolitan Statistical Area
includes the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach in Florida.

  • The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla., Metropolitan Division includes Broward County in Florida.
  • The Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla., Metropolitan Division includes Miami-Dade County in Florida
  • The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray, Fla., Metropolitan Division includes Palm Beach County in Florida.

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, Miami metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands), September 2015
Area and Industry
 
Sept
2014
July
2015
Aug
2015
Sept
2015 (P)
Change from Sept
2014 to Sept 2015 (P)
Number Percent

United States (1)

 

Total nonfarm

139,919 141,872 142,069 142,627 2,708 1.9

Mining and logging

923 842 832 818 -105 -11.4

Construction

6,429 6,653 6,684 6,628 199 3.1

Manufacturing

12,278 12,416 12,416 12,370 92 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,391 26,966 26,959 26,906 515 2.0

Information

2,746 2,808 2,805 2,789 43 1.6

Financial activities

8,016 8,218 8,214 8,161 145 1.8

Professional and business services

19,311 19,919 19,966 19,915 604 3.1

Education and health services

21,504 21,753 21,797 22,058 554 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

14,970 15,876 15,844 15,398 428 2.9

Other services

5,573 5,721 5,679 5,628 55 1.0

Government

21,778 20,700 20,873 21,956 178 0.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,427.0 2,449.7 2,477.9 2,483.4 56.4 2.3

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

105.0 106.7 108.9 108.7 3.7 3.5

Manufacturing

81.2 80.4 80.4 80.9 -0.3 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

564.0 571.4 573.3 572.5 8.5 1.5

Information

47.8 48.2 48.2 48.0 0.2 0.4

Financial activities

169.1 174.3 173.7 173.5 4.4 2.6

Professional and business services

390.4 404.1 407.5 409.2 18.8 4.8

Education and health services

358.5 363.4 365.3 366.5 8.0 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

291.9 303.0 303.1 303.6 11.7 4.0

Other services

117.1 120.3 119.9 119.3 2.2 1.9

Government

301.4 277.3 297.0 300.6 -0.8 -0.3

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

1,089.8 1,093.1 1,108.1 1,111.6 21.8 2.0

Mining and logging

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

38.0 36.3 36.8 36.7 -1.3 -3.4

Manufacturing

37.8 37.7 37.5 38.0 0.2 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

282.0 285.8 286.8 286.2 4.2 1.5

Information

18.9 19.1 19.1 19.0 0.1 0.5

Financial activities

76.0 78.3 78.1 78.6 2.6 3.4

Professional and business services

152.4 155.8 157.3 157.9 5.5 3.6

Education and health services

167.9 169.0 169.9 171.1 3.2 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

128.7 134.7 135.4 135.7 7.0 5.4

Other services

49.3 50.5 51.1 51.0 1.7 3.4

Government

138.4 125.5 135.7 137.0 -1.4 -1.0

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

776.8 789.0 798.8 799.6 22.8 2.9

Construction

37.9 42.1 43.3 42.8 4.9 12.9

Manufacturing

27.0 26.6 26.6 26.6 -0.4 -1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

174.9 177.7 178.9 178.6 3.7 2.1

Information

18.8 19.0 19.0 18.9 0.1 0.5

Financial activities

54.6 56.8 57.0 56.8 2.2 4.0

Professional and business services

136.4 139.8 141.2 143.1 6.7 4.9

Education and health services

101.0 102.5 103.9 102.6 1.6 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

87.9 90.8 90.8 90.8 2.9 3.3

Other services

37.5 38.3 37.8 37.7 0.2 0.5

Government

100.7 95.3 100.2 101.6 0.9 0.9

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

560.4 567.6 571.0 572.2 11.8 2.1

Construction

29.1 28.3 28.8 29.2 0.1 0.3

Manufacturing

16.4 16.1 16.3 16.3 -0.1 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

107.1 107.9 107.6 107.7 0.6 0.6

Information

10.1 10.1 10.1 10.1 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

38.5 39.2 38.6 38.1 -0.4 -1.0

Professional and business services

101.6 108.5 109.0 108.2 6.6 6.5

Education and health services

89.6 91.9 91.5 92.8 3.2 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

75.3 77.5 76.9 77.1 1.8 2.4

Other services

30.3 31.5 31.0 30.6 0.3 1.0

Government

62.3 56.5 61.1 62.0 -0.3 -0.5

Footnotes
(1) U.S. data are preliminary for two months after they are first published.

(P) Preliminary

Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area Sept
2014
July
2015
Aug
2015
Sept
2015 (P)
Sept 2014 to
Sept 2015 (P)
Net
change
Percent
change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,519.8 2,587.4 2,595.7 2,592.1 72.3 2.9

Mining and logging

1.3 1.3 1.4 1.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

103.9 107.8 110.6 109.5 5.6 5.4

Manufacturing

153.5 156.2 155.9 156.8 3.3 2.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

554.3 573.0 572.1 570.8 16.5 3.0

Information

88.2 88.8 87.9 87.4 -0.8 -0.9

Financial activities

160.2 165.0 165.1 164.7 4.5 2.8

Professional and business services

469.0 491.9 490.6 487.2 18.2 3.9

Education and health services

309.4 312.4 317.8 317.2 7.8 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

260.5 280.1 275.4 270.1 9.6 3.7

Other services

95.1 95.6 94.6 93.8 -1.3 -1.4

Government

324.4 315.3 324.3 333.3 8.9 2.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (NECTA)

 

Total nonfarm

2,600.9 2,656.0 2,646.7 2,648.2 47.3 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

99.7 104.9 105.7 103.3 3.6 3.6

Manufacturing

191.5 192.6 191.8 189.9 -1.6 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

410.6 417.4 416.2 412.7 2.1 0.5

Information

75.1 78.6 77.6 77.3 2.2 2.9

Financial activities

172.8 177.5 178.5 176.9 4.1 2.4

Professional and business services

446.0 464.4 463.3 459.9 13.9 3.1

Education and health services

537.7 546.6 543.7 550.8 13.1 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

255.7 272.5 271.7 259.3 3.6 1.4

Other services

100.5 108.0 107.2 102.5 2.0 2.0

Government

311.3 293.5 291.0 315.6 4.3 1.4

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,536.2 4,592.2 4,579.7 4,575.3 39.1 0.9

Mining and logging

1.6 1.5 1.5 1.5 -0.1 -6.3

Construction

166.8 173.6 172.9 170.8 4.0 2.4

Manufacturing

408.9 408.3 406.6 406.3 -2.6 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

908.1 925.3 922.4 917.8 9.7 1.1

Information

80.3 80.7 79.7 79.9 -0.4 -0.5

Financial activities

290.3 290.3 290.7 288.6 -1.7 -0.6

Professional and business services

808.2 826.8 824.6 822.6 14.4 1.8

Education and health services

685.0 688.7 688.4 695.3 10.3 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

443.8 459.7 458.8 446.0 2.2 0.5

Other services

194.2 196.5 196.3 194.2 0.0 0.0

Government

549.0 540.8 537.8 552.3 3.3 0.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,299.3 3,387.5 3,390.9 3,398.0 98.7 3.0

Mining, logging, and construction

197.8 195.3 195.0 193.7 -4.1 -2.1

Manufacturing

263.0 260.5 258.5 258.6 -4.4 -1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

686.7 708.6 709.9 711.5 24.8 3.6

Information

81.5 81.6 81.9 82.1 0.6 0.7

Financial activities

267.4 275.8 276.0 276.1 8.7 3.3

Professional and business services

544.2 567.5 569.6 567.4 23.2 4.3

Education and health services

404.7 422.2 425.1 427.1 22.4 5.5

Leisure and hospitality

337.7 363.6 360.5 355.5 17.8 5.3

Other services

116.5 120.5 121.9 120.8 4.3 3.7

Government

399.8 391.9 392.5 405.2 5.4 1.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,947.2 2,982.2 2,977.0 2,983.4 36.2 1.2

Mining and logging

111.7 110.5 111.3 111.5 -0.2 -0.2

Construction

208.6 203.4 204.6 205.3 -3.3 -1.6

Manufacturing

256.8 248.8 246.4 244.5 -12.3 -4.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

599.3 608.8 609.2 605.1 5.8 1.0

Information

32.4 34.1 34.5 34.5 2.1 6.5

Financial activities

148.8 145.9 144.4 144.0 -4.8 -3.2

Professional and business services

470.0 481.7 480.3 473.8 3.8 0.8

Education and health services

354.1 364.0 365.8 371.8 17.7 5.0

Leisure and hospitality

286.9 312.1 311.7 305.5 18.6 6.5

Other services

104.3 105.9 106.3 103.7 -0.6 -0.6

Government

374.3 367.0 362.5 383.7 9.4 2.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,739.4 5,820.1 5,826.0 5,869.3 129.9 2.3

Mining and logging

5.5 5.2 5.2 5.2 -0.3 -5.5

Construction

206.7 216.9 220.4 218.7 12.0 5.8

Manufacturing

522.8 527.8 524.3 526.7 3.9 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,058.8 1,078.4 1,078.6 1,080.9 22.1 2.1

Information

221.0 216.4 219.1 218.3 -2.7 -1.2

Financial activities

323.8 327.4 327.2 323.5 -0.3 -0.1

Professional and business services

891.1 906.6 907.7 909.0 17.9 2.0

Education and health services

942.2 957.0 959.9 976.7 34.5 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

665.8 692.8 693.3 692.2 26.4 4.0

Other services

201.9 208.0 206.7 207.3 5.4 2.7

Government

699.8 683.6 683.6 710.8 11.0 1.6

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,427.0 2,449.7 2,477.9 2,483.4 56.4 2.3

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

105.0 106.7 108.9 108.7 3.7 3.5

Manufacturing

81.2 80.4 80.4 80.9 -0.3 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

564.0 571.4 573.3 572.5 8.5 1.5

Information

47.8 48.2 48.2 48.0 0.2 0.4

Financial activities

169.1 174.3 173.7 173.5 4.4 2.6

Professional and business services

390.4 404.1 407.5 409.2 18.8 4.8

Education and health services

358.5 363.4 365.3 366.5 8.0 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

291.9 303.0 303.1 303.6 11.7 4.0

Other services

117.1 120.3 119.9 119.3 2.2 1.9

Government

301.4 277.3 297.0 300.6 -0.8 -0.3

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,163.3 9,332.7 9,291.6 9,278.7 115.4 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

366.3 375.8 378.4 375.9 9.6 2.6

Manufacturing

370.3 367.5 369.0 367.1 -3.2 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,696.1 1,706.6 1,705.8 1,713.5 17.4 1.0

Information

282.7 284.5 283.0 280.0 -2.7 -1.0

Financial activities

757.2 767.8 766.1 759.9 2.7 0.4

Professional and business services

1,447.1 1,467.8 1,467.3 1,452.4 5.3 0.4

Education and health services

1,718.2 1,740.1 1,732.9 1,763.8 45.6 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

860.6 922.8 916.8 885.3 24.7 2.9

Other services

403.8 426.7 424.3 416.3 12.5 3.1

Government

1,261.0 1,273.1 1,248.0 1,264.5 3.5 0.3

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,793.6 2,807.1 2,794.6 2,819.6 26.0 0.9

Mining, logging, and construction

109.3 116.8 119.4 118.0 8.7 8.0

Manufacturing

179.3 177.9 177.3 177.4 -1.9 -1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

511.8 521.8 519.9 520.5 8.7 1.7

Information

46.1 45.5 45.3 45.1 -1.0 -2.2

Financial activities

203.9 209.4 208.7 207.3 3.4 1.7

Professional and business services

451.3 449.2 446.9 449.9 -1.4 -0.3

Education and health services

591.4 585.1 584.8 594.2 2.8 0.5

Leisure and hospitality

251.3 269.8 265.4 257.4 6.1 2.4

Other services

117.9 121.5 120.1 119.7 1.8 1.5

Government

331.3 310.1 306.8 330.1 -1.2 -0.4

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,857.8 1,860.4 1,888.0 1,904.6 46.8 2.5

Mining and logging

3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

94.6 102.0 101.9 102.8 8.2 8.7

Manufacturing

118.3 117.1 118.1 116.9 -1.4 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

363.0 368.4 370.2 369.0 6.0 1.7

Information

34.7 35.8 35.2 34.9 0.2 0.6

Financial activities

162.7 167.4 167.7 168.0 5.3 3.3

Professional and business services

308.4 320.4 318.3 316.5 8.1 2.6

Education and health services

270.8 275.5 280.2 279.2 8.4 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

196.7 198.8 201.6 204.8 8.1 4.1

Other services

64.7 68.0 66.8 67.3 2.6 4.0

Government

240.5 203.6 224.6 241.8 1.3 0.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,199.2 2,255.7 2,268.5 2,275.0 75.8 3.4

Mining and logging

0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 -0.1 -11.1

Construction

104.4 107.8 110.3 108.8 4.4 4.2

Manufacturing

122.4 124.6 124.8 124.2 1.8 1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

355.3 362.4 362.5 363.7 8.4 2.4

Information

78.8 82.2 82.7 82.5 3.7 4.7

Financial activities

128.8 127.6 128.1 127.6 -1.2 -0.9

Professional and business services

447.4 479.4 482.6 482.3 34.9 7.8

Education and health services

326.4 325.6 325.4 331.4 5.0 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

252.9 261.7 266.5 263.3 10.4 4.1

Other services

83.6 85.9 85.7 86.3 2.7 3.2

Government

298.3 297.7 299.1 304.1 5.8 1.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,118.7 3,190.3 3,164.3 3,172.0 53.3 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

151.0 153.8 154.1 155.7 4.7 3.1

Manufacturing

50.3 49.8 49.5 49.1 -1.2 -2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

395.3 405.5 403.2 398.9 3.6 0.9

Information

76.9 77.2 75.9 76.2 -0.7 -0.9

Financial activities

151.9 151.6 151.4 150.8 -1.1 -0.7

Professional and business services

704.6 733.7 729.9 722.8 18.2 2.6

Education and health services

405.3 415.0 414.7 420.3 15.0 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

302.1 319.6 315.8 307.8 5.7 1.9

Other services

194.0 198.9 197.8 197.3 3.3 1.7

Government

687.3 685.2 672.0 693.1 5.8 0.8

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, November 03, 2015