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Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Miami Area Employment – March 2016

Total nonfarm employment for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,562,900 in March 2016, up 64,600, or 2.6 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Nationally, employment increased 2.0 percent from March 2015 to March 2016. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that over-the-year employment gains in the local area extended back to August 2010. (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.)

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 23,200 jobs from March a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach division which accounted for 32 percent of Miami’s workforce, added 27,300 jobs. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach division, with 23 percent of the workforce, added 14,100 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

In the Miami metropolitan area, trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest employment gain from March 2015 to March 2016, adding 11,600 jobs. This job growth was concentrated mostly in the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan division. The area’s 2.0-percent growth in trade, transportation, and utilities employment was similar to the nationwide increase of 1.9 percent. (See chart 2.)

Professional and business services had the second largest over-the-year increase in jobs locally in March 2016, growing by 11,600 or 2.9 percent. This supersector gained jobs in all three metropolitan divisions from March a year ago. Nationwide, professional and business services employment increased 3.1 percent during the same period.

Two other supersectors gained at least 9,000 jobs over the year in the metropolitan area. Education and health services added 9,600 jobs in March 2016, an increase of 2.6 percent, with the largest gains occurring in the Miami and West Palm Beach divisions. Nationally, employment in this industry grew 3.2 percent over the year. Construction employment expanded by 9,000 jobs locally, an increase of 8.3 percent from March 2015. Nationally, this supersector had a 4.9-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 March 2016. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 9 areas exceeding the U.S. average of 2.0 percent. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.9 percent, followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (3.7 percent) and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (3.2 percent). Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (0.3 percent), Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (1.6 percent) and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (1.8 percent) had the slowest rates of job growth. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs, 193,200, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (+145,300) and Dallas (+129,900). Houston had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 7,700 jobs, followed by Boston, up 42,700.

Professional and business services had the largest, or tied for the largest, employment gains in 5 of the 12 metropolitan areas from March a year ago—Miami, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Manufacturing had the largest over-the-year losses in five areas—Boston, Chicago, 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 April 2016 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

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 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, United States and the Miami metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Mar
2015
Jan
2016
Feb
2016
Mar
2016 (P)
Mar 2015 to Mar 2016 (P)
Net Change Percent Change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

140,099 141,150 141,987 142,877 2,778 2.0

Mining and logging

848 740 716 703 -145 -17.1

Construction

6,051 6,212 6,215 6,349 298 4.9

Manufacturing

12,254 12,245 12,236 12,228 -26 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,449 26,997 26,830 26,953 504 1.9

Information

2,730 2,726 2,764 2,770 40 1.5

Financial activities

8,037 8,155 8,158 8,181 144 1.8

Professional and business services

19,233 19,643 19,723 19,828 595 3.1

Education and health services

21,973 22,261 22,590 22,687 714 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

14,599 14,661 14,792 15,060 461 3.2

Other services

5,577 5,589 5,621 5,652 75 1.3

Government

22,348 21,921 22,342 22,466 118 0.5

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,498.3 2,542.7 2,556.1 2,562.9 64.6 2.6

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

108.1 115.7 116.1 117.1 9.0 8.3

Manufacturing

83.5 84.8 85.7 85.7 2.2 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

580.3 592.4 591.0 591.9 11.6 2.0

Information

47.9 48.0 48.0 48.2 0.3 0.6

Financial activities

172.6 178.4 180.3 181.2 8.6 5.0

Professional and business services

399.7 408.4 411.6 411.3 11.6 2.9

Education and health services

364.9 372.7 374.8 374.5 9.6 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

313.3 313.4 316.9 319.5 6.2 2.0

Other services

121.1 123.0 123.4 124.2 3.1 2.6

Government

306.3 305.3 307.7 308.7 2.4 0.8

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

1,120.1 1,132.5 1,134.4 1,143.3 23.2 2.1

Mining and logging

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

39.1 42.6 44.6 46.1 7.0 17.9

Manufacturing

38.7 38.8 39.0 39.2 0.5 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

288.1 292.1 290.8 291.0 2.9 1.0

Information

18.6 18.3 18.3 18.4 -0.2 -1.1

Financial activities

77.3 79.6 80.4 81.4 4.1 5.3

Professional and business services

158.4 160.8 159.8 161.5 3.1 2.0

Education and health services

170.8 174.5 174.3 174.5 3.7 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

135.5 133.8 133.9 136.7 1.2 0.9

Other services

52.2 52.5 52.8 53.6 1.4 2.7

Government

141.0 139.1 140.1 140.5 -0.5 -0.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

792.8 815.0 821.3 820.1 27.3 3.4

Construction

39.5 42.8 41.8 42.1 2.6 6.6

Manufacturing

27.5 28.4 29.0 28.9 1.4 5.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

179.4 184.7 185.3 185.9 6.5 3.6

Information

18.9 19.3 19.3 19.3 0.4 2.1

Financial activities

56.4 58.5 59.0 58.6 2.2 3.9

Professional and business services

137.1 142.4 144.4 142.2 5.1 3.7

Education and health services

101.4 103.6 103.6 103.7 2.3 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

92.6 93.8 96.7 97.3 4.7 5.1

Other services

37.2 38.6 38.6 38.3 1.1 3.0

Government

102.7 102.8 103.5 103.7 1.0 1.0

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

 

Total nonfarm

585.4 595.2 600.4 599.5 14.1 2.4

Construction

29.5 30.3 29.7 28.9 -0.6 -2.0

Manufacturing

17.3 17.6 17.7 17.6 0.3 1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

112.8 115.6 114.9 115.0 2.2 2.0

Information

10.4 10.4 10.4 10.5 0.1 1.0

Financial activities

38.9 40.3 40.9 41.2 2.3 5.9

Professional and business services

104.2 105.2 107.4 107.6 3.4 3.3

Education and health services

92.7 94.6 96.9 96.3 3.6 3.9

Leisure and hospitality

85.2 85.8 86.3 85.5 0.3 0.4

Other services

31.7 31.9 32.0 32.3 0.6 1.9

Government

62.6 63.4 64.1 64.5 1.9 3.0
(P) Preliminary

 

Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area Mar
2015
Jan
2016
Feb
2016
Mar
2016 (P)
Mar 2015 to Mar 2016 (P)
Net
change
Percent
change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,545.5 2,598.8 2,611.2 2,622.5 77.0 3.0

Mining and logging

1.4 1.5 1.5 1.5 0.1 7.1

Construction

104.4 109.7 112.4 112.9 8.5 8.1

Manufacturing

156.0 160.5 160.2 161.0 5.0 3.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

568.8 587.4 586.7 587.1 18.3 3.2

Information

87.4 86.6 86.2 85.9 -1.5 -1.7

Financial activities

160.4 163.0 161.9 161.9 1.5 0.9

Professional and business services

470.3 476.3 483.8 484.3 14.0 3.0

Education and health services

315.2 320.1 322.6 326.2 11.0 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

261.6 271.1 271.6 275.7 14.1 5.4

Other services

94.8 97.2 96.3 96.8 2.0 2.1

Government

325.2 325.4 328.0 329.2 4.0 1.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,602.2 2,618.0 2,625.6 2,644.9 42.7 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

91.3 102.0 99.5 101.2 9.9 10.8

Manufacturing

191.8 189.4 188.7 188.6 -3.2 -1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

408.2 417.3 410.3 413.5 5.3 1.3

Information

76.4 77.1 76.9 77.4 1.0 1.3

Financial activities

178.2 183.7 184.1 183.6 5.4 3.0

Professional and business services

441.9 445.4 446.1 448.5 6.6 1.5

Education and health services

557.0 558.0 568.6 572.4 15.4 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

240.4 237.4 236.0 240.8 0.4 0.2

Other services

98.7 100.6 100.1 102.6 3.9 4.0

Government

318.3 307.1 315.3 316.3 -2.0 -0.6

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,493.5 4,514.9 4,542.2 4,574.9 81.4 1.8

Mining and logging

1.5 1.2 1.2 1.4 -0.1 -6.7

Construction

148.6 150.3 149.5 156.4 7.8 5.2

Manufacturing

412.9 410.6 411.0 411.3 -1.6 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

908.3 923.5 920.2 922.9 14.6 1.6

Information

80.1 80.9 80.7 81.0 0.9 1.1

Financial activities

289.1 290.8 290.2 294.0 4.9 1.7

Professional and business services

783.4 774.9 783.5 786.3 2.9 0.4

Education and health services

699.7 704.8 712.9 712.4 12.7 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

427.4 437.3 440.3 452.3 24.9 5.8

Other services

193.1 192.6 194.9 195.1 2.0 1.0

Government

549.4 548.0 557.8 561.8 12.4 2.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,336.7 3,422.2 3,451.4 3,466.6 129.9 3.9

Mining, logging, and construction

196.1 195.1 196.8 197.5 1.4 0.7

Manufacturing

262.8 259.3 260.1 260.7 -2.1 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

703.9 741.2 740.4 744.2 40.3 5.7

Information

79.5 79.6 80.6 79.9 0.4 0.5

Financial activities

271.7 282.8 283.2 284.7 13.0 4.8

Professional and business services

548.9 558.6 566.5 569.5 20.6 3.8

Education and health services

408.6 422.5 425.3 425.5 16.9 4.1

Leisure and hospitality

337.1 355.2 359.4 364.0 26.9 8.0

Other services

117.7 114.5 117.3 118.4 0.7 0.6

Government

410.4 413.4 421.8 422.2 11.8 2.9

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,980.1 2,973.5 2,983.2 2,987.8 7.7 0.3

Mining and logging

104.6 92.5 90.1 90.9 -13.7 -13.1

Construction

214.9 220.9 220.7 217.8 2.9 1.3

Manufacturing

255.3 237.4 234.5 235.4 -19.9 -7.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

604.8 612.6 609.1 610.2 5.4 0.9

Information

32.0 31.6 31.9 31.2 -0.8 -2.5

Financial activities

150.1 151.8 151.6 152.0 1.9 1.3

Professional and business services

469.7 458.4 459.7 458.2 -11.5 -2.4

Education and health services

362.8 375.3 378.4 378.8 16.0 4.4

Leisure and hospitality

294.0 305.3 309.3 313.3 19.3 6.6

Other services

105.9 105.6 105.6 106.0 0.1 0.1

Government

386.0 382.1 392.3 394.0 8.0 2.1

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,767.2 5,834.7 5,890.9 5,912.5 145.3 2.5

Mining and logging

4.2 4.3 4.2 4.1 -0.1 -2.4

Construction

209.2 220.3 225.0 225.0 15.8 7.6

Manufacturing

518.4 508.4 510.0 512.4 -6.0 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,062.5 1,088.1 1,077.7 1,077.6 15.1 1.4

Information

230.1 224.1 235.7 236.7 6.6 2.9

Financial activities

326.7 331.1 332.3 332.6 5.9 1.8

Professional and business services

875.6 883.3 893.4 895.6 20.0 2.3

Education and health services

934.6 957.0 975.3 980.3 45.7 4.9

Leisure and hospitality

674.8 691.8 698.7 703.0 28.2 4.2

Other services

198.6 196.6 200.5 201.2 2.6 1.3

Government

732.5 729.7 738.1 744.0 11.5 1.6

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,498.3 2,542.7 2,556.1 2,562.9 64.6 2.6

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

108.1 115.7 116.1 117.1 9.0 8.3

Manufacturing

83.5 84.8 85.7 85.7 2.2 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

580.3 592.4 591.0 591.9 11.6 2.0

Information

47.9 48.0 48.0 48.2 0.3 0.6

Financial activities

172.6 178.4 180.3 181.2 8.6 5.0

Professional and business services

399.7 408.4 411.6 411.3 11.6 2.9

Education and health services

364.9 372.7 374.8 374.5 9.6 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

313.3 313.4 316.9 319.5 6.2 2.0

Other services

121.1 123.0 123.4 124.2 3.1 2.6

Government

306.3 305.3 307.7 308.7 2.4 0.8

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,182.4 9,258.3 9,294.6 9,375.6 193.2 2.1

Mining, logging, and construction

341.9 358.2 353.6 367.9 26.0 7.6

Manufacturing

365.2 367.7 369.6 369.4 4.2 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,687.5 1,714.2 1,695.3 1,695.6 8.1 0.5

Information

282.9 284.2 287.1 287.3 4.4 1.6

Financial activities

753.4 760.4 762.7 765.6 12.2 1.6

Professional and business services

1,445.6 1,466.6 1,468.1 1,484.0 38.4 2.7

Education and health services

1,779.5 1,792.4 1,815.7 1,835.1 55.6 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

822.7 823.0 822.8 840.3 17.6 2.1

Other services

404.7 410.0 413.4 416.7 12.0 3.0

Government

1,299.0 1,281.6 1,306.3 1,313.7 14.7 1.1

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,782.2 2,814.3 2,828.2 2,853.9 71.7 2.6

Mining, logging, and construction

101.4 107.4 105.0 108.4 7.0 6.9

Manufacturing

180.7 181.1 181.0 182.8 2.1 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

507.4 518.2 514.5 520.1 12.7 2.5

Information

46.4 46.4 46.3 46.4 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

206.3 209.1 209.4 209.3 3.0 1.5

Professional and business services

437.4 450.5 452.0 454.9 17.5 4.0

Education and health services

603.3 608.2 620.4 620.5 17.2 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

240.8 240.0 239.0 249.0 8.2 3.4

Other services

116.4 116.9 118.1 118.1 1.7 1.5

Government

342.1 336.5 342.5 344.4 2.3 0.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,903.1 1,946.9 1,963.3 1,973.0 69.9 3.7

Mining and logging

3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 -0.1 -2.9

Construction

96.7 100.9 103.0 104.9 8.2 8.5

Manufacturing

118.1 120.6 119.6 119.7 1.6 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

370.4 383.6 382.0 381.3 10.9 2.9

Information

35.8 38.6 38.2 38.3 2.5 7.0

Financial activities

164.5 172.1 174.2 175.8 11.3 6.9

Professional and business services

315.6 331.2 331.4 330.9 15.3 4.8

Education and health services

278.2 289.5 291.1 292.5 14.3 5.1

Leisure and hospitality

212.2 210.2 212.5 217.6 5.4 2.5

Other services

65.4 65.3 66.3 67.1 1.7 2.6

Government

242.8 231.6 241.7 241.6 -1.2 -0.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,224.4 2,276.3 2,285.2 2,295.5 71.1 3.2

Mining and logging

1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 -0.1 -10.0

Construction

105.7 113.6 113.2 114.4 8.7 8.2

Manufacturing

125.2 126.2 126.6 126.4 1.2 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

357.9 374.2 370.4 370.1 12.2 3.4

Information

82.5 85.8 85.8 85.9 3.4 4.1

Financial activities

127.9 128.6 128.5 129.2 1.3 1.0

Professional and business services

452.7 469.5 470.5 472.0 19.3 4.3

Education and health services

326.8 333.1 339.3 340.9 14.1 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

251.5 253.1 255.7 257.5 6.0 2.4

Other services

82.8 81.4 82.6 83.5 0.7 0.8

Government

310.4 309.9 311.7 314.7 4.3 1.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,119.9 3,171.3 3,179.6 3,206.5 86.6 2.8

Mining, logging, and construction

142.7 150.7 149.3 154.8 12.1 8.5

Manufacturing

51.9 52.0 52.2 52.4 0.5 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

392.4 405.3 401.7 405.7 13.3 3.4

Information

76.6 75.0 75.4 74.9 -1.7 -2.2

Financial activities

152.6 154.4 154.1 154.6 2.0 1.3

Professional and business services

707.7 724.0 722.4 731.8 24.1 3.4

Education and health services

413.2 417.8 422.7 422.8 9.6 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

295.6 306.1 304.1 311.4 15.8 5.3

Other services

193.7 196.3 197.6 198.5 4.8 2.5

Government

693.5 689.7 700.1 699.6 6.1 0.9

(P) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016