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August 27, 2014

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — July 2014

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,207,300 in July 2014, up 120,800 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From July 2013 to July 2014, local nonfarm employment rose 3.9 percent, well above the national increase of 1.9 percent. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked second in both the number of jobs added and the rate of job growth. (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 net change in the Dallas metropolitan area and its divisions, July 2009–July 2014

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of two metropolitan divisions – separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area. The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division, which accounted for 71 percent of the area workforce, provided 76 percent of area growth with the addition of 92,300 jobs from July a year ago, an increase of 4.3 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 29 percent of the area workforce, added 28,500 jobs during the 12-month period, a 3.1-percent increase.

Industry employment

Professional and business services registered the largest annual gain among the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington supersectors, 45,800 jobs, a 9.5-percent rise since July 2013; nationally, employment was up 3.5 percent in this supersector. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Local growth within this supersector was particularly strong in the employment services industry which added 23,800 jobs, a 23.3-percent annual increase.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 26,900 from July 2013, an annual increase of 4.2 percent, well above the national increase of 2.2 percent. Locally, industry employment expanded in each of the three subsectors, led by the addition of 13,700 wholesale trade jobs, an 8.1-percent increase. Wholesale trade accounted for slightly more than one-fourth of supersector employment in July 2014, but more than one-half of the annual job gain.

Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 14,100 between July 2013 and July 2014, an increase of 4.4 percent. Local expansion in this industry was strong in both metropolitan divisions as Fort Worth-Arlington added jobs at a 4.7-percent pace and Dallas-Plano-Irving experienced an increase of 4.2 percent. Nationwide, leisure and hospitality employment rose 2.6 percent during the period.

 Chart 2. Total nonfarm and selected industry supersector employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, July 2014

The mining, logging, and construction sector added 12,000 jobs locally, a 6.7-percent gain over the year. The rates of increases differed between the metropolitan divisions, as Dallas-Plano-Irving registered an 8.2-percent rise, double the Fort Worth-Arlington gain of 4.1 percent.

The local education and health services supersector added 10,600 jobs from July 2013, an increase of 2.8 percent compared to the national gain of 1.8 percent. Most of the local expansion occurred in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division which added 8,700 education and health services jobs.

Two other local sectors recorded employment gains of at least 3,200 from July 2013: government (7,200); and other services (3,200). Government sector employment expanded at a 1.9-percent pace locally, while employment rose 0.5 percent nationwide. Dallas public sector employment expansion occurred in the state government and local government jurisdictions as federal government employment declined.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in July 2014. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 6 exceeding the national average of 1.9 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 4.0 percent, closely followed by Dallas, at 3.9 percent. The slowest rates of job growth were in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (0.6 percent) and Detroit-Warren-Livonia (0.9 percent). (See chart 3 and table 2.)

 Chart 3. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and 12 largest metropolitan areas, July 2014

The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area added the largest number of jobs, 155,400, since July 2013. Two other metropolitan areas gained more than 100,000 jobs—Dallas (120,800) and Houston (112,200). Detroit recorded the smallest employment gain over the year, up 16,800 jobs, followed by Washington, up 19,800.

Professional and business services led employment growth in 7 of the 12 metropolitan areas over the year: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont. (See table 2.) Education and health services recorded the largest gains in three areas: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, New York, and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, while Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach and Washington added the most jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities.

Over the year, government recorded the largest loss of jobs in three areas—New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. Manufacturing lost the most jobs in two areas—Chicago and Los Angeles. Boston, Dallas, Houston, and Miami experienced no annual job losses in any supersector.


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 that 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 2007 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 the 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 that 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 surveys, administrative data, and modeling 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 also are 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 specific 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 are available for state CES data at the total nonfarm and supersector level and for metropolitan area CES data. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on December 1, 2009. A detailed list of geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

  • The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division includes Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties in Texas.
  • The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division includes Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

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Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, U.S. and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Jul.
2013
May
2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014(p)
Change from
Jul. 2013 to Jul. 2014
Number Percent

U.S.

 

Total nonfarm

136,050 139,184 139,776 138,666 2,616 1.9

Mining and logging

881 900 915 930 49 5.6

Construction

6,089 6,052 6,212 6,309 220 3.6

Manufacturing

12,040 12,095 12,209 12,215 175 1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,851 26,258 26,441 26,429 578 2.2

Information

2,710 2,660 2,674 2,682 -28 -1.0

Financial activities

7,967 7,919 7,997 8,022 55 0.7

Professional and business services

18,718 19,150 19,351 19,374 656 3.5

Education and health services

20,762 21,484 21,270 21,137 375 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

14,965 14,873 15,264 15,353 388 2.6

Other services

5,530 5,538 5,571 5,580 50 0.9

Government

20,537 22,255 21,872 20,635 98 0.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

3,086.5 3,198.6 3,216.6 3,207.3 120.8 3.9

Mining, logging, and construction

178.9 187.2 191.1 190.9 12.0 6.7

Manufacturing

258.7 256.5 257.9 258.8 0.1 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

637.0 659.4 663.7 663.9 26.9 4.2

Information

79.9 81.2 81.0 80.3 0.4 0.5

Financial activities

256.0 252.4 255.5 256.5 0.5 0.2

Professional and business services

483.2 511.4 522.3 529.0 45.8 9.5

Education and health services

379.9 391.5 392.4 390.5 10.6 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

323.0 338.5 338.7 337.1 14.1 4.4

Other services

112.2 116.1 114.4 115.4 3.2 2.9

Government

377.7 404.4 399.6 384.9 7.2 1.9

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

2,171.1 2,252.8 2,266.1 2,263.4 92.3 4.3

Mining, logging, and construction

115.2 122.4 125.3 124.6 9.4 8.2

Manufacturing

165.9 162.4 163.8 164.3 -1.6 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

427.5 442.8 445.2 446.2 18.7 4.4

Information

66.3 68.5 68.3 67.6 1.3 2.0

Financial activities

200.6 199.9 203.3 204.8 4.2 2.1

Professional and business services

379.1 401.2 409.7 414.2 35.1 9.3

Education and health services

264.2 273.2 273.3 272.9 8.7 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

219.0 229.4 228.9 228.2 9.2 4.2

Other services

76.3 79.0 77.1 78.2 1.9 2.5

Government

257.0 274.0 271.2 262.4 5.4 2.1

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

915.4 945.8 950.5 943.9 28.5 3.1

Mining, logging, and construction

63.7 64.8 65.8 66.3 2.6 4.1

Manufacturing

92.8 94.1 94.1 94.5 1.7 1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

209.5 216.6 218.5 217.7 8.2 3.9

Information

13.6 12.7 12.7 12.7 -0.9 -6.6

Financial activities

55.4 52.5 52.2 51.7 -3.7 -6.7

Professional and business services

104.1 110.2 112.6 114.8 10.7 10.3

Education and health services

115.7 118.3 119.1 117.6 1.9 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

104.0 109.1 109.8 108.9 4.9 4.7

Other services

35.9 37.1 37.3 37.2 1.3 3.6

Government

120.7 130.4 128.4 122.5 1.8 1.5

(p) preliminary



Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Jul.
2013
May
2014
Jun.
2014
Jul.
2014(p)
Change from
Jul. 2013 to Jul. 2014
Number Percent

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,397.3 2,464.9 2,463.9 2,461.2 63.9 2.7

Mining and logging

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

93.5 97.6 97.5 97.6 4.1 4.4

Manufacturing

149.3 151.3 153.2 153.6 4.3 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

536.3 546.3 548.6 551.3 15.0 2.8

Information

84.8 85.5 86.7 88.1 3.3 3.9

Financial activities

157.3 158.6 160.0 161.4 4.1 2.6

Professional and business services

436.1 452.2 453.6 456.5 20.4 4.7

Education and health services

289.1 299.9 292.2 291.5 2.4 0.8

Leisure and hospitality

252.2 259.4 263.7 264.4 12.2 4.8

Other services

94.3 93.5 92.3 92.3 -2.0 -2.1

Government

303.2 319.4 314.9 303.3 0.1 0.0

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,554.6 2,599.9 2,622.0 2,611.8 57.2 2.2

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

95.5 89.0 93.0 96.6 1.1 1.2

Manufacturing

194.4 193.4 195.5 195.0 0.6 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

409.0 414.8 421.3 419.1 10.1 2.5

Information

75.7 77.6 78.6 79.6 3.9 5.2

Financial activities

174.9 171.5 174.2 176.9 2.0 1.1

Professional and business services

441.0 442.5 447.3 450.7 9.7 2.2

Education and health services

524.3 547.8 539.5 544.5 20.2 3.9

Leisure and hospitality

257.5 252.2 262.5 264.1 6.6 2.6

Other services

101.8 101.1 103.0 104.6 2.8 2.8

Government

279.9 309.4 306.5 280.1 0.2 0.1

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,456.0 4,485.2 4,527.3 4,503.2 47.2 1.1

Mining and logging

1.5 1.4 1.4 1.4 -0.1 -6.7

Construction

159.9 153.6 163.1 166.8 6.9 4.3

Manufacturing

410.5 404.1 405.9 408.1 -2.4 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

896.5 897.0 904.5 902.6 6.1 0.7

Information

81.2 79.3 80.6 80.6 -0.6 -0.7

Financial activities

292.3 285.1 290.7 291.4 -0.9 -0.3

Professional and business services

772.4 782.1 790.8 793.8 21.4 2.8

Education and health services

664.6 688.6 683.5 675.4 10.8 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

445.7 439.3 451.3 447.0 1.3 0.3

Other services

193.9 191.5 196.1 194.9 1.0 0.5

Government

537.5 563.2 559.4 541.2 3.7 0.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,086.5 3,198.6 3,216.6 3,207.3 120.8 3.9

Mining, logging, and construction

178.9 187.2 191.1 190.9 12.0 6.7

Manufacturing

258.7 256.5 257.9 258.8 0.1 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

637.0 659.4 663.7 663.9 26.9 4.2

Information

79.9 81.2 81.0 80.3 0.4 0.5

Financial activities

256.0 252.4 255.5 256.5 0.5 0.2

Professional and business services

483.2 511.4 522.3 529.0 45.8 9.5

Education and health services

379.9 391.5 392.4 390.5 10.6 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

323.0 338.5 338.7 337.1 14.1 4.4

Other services

112.2 116.1 114.4 115.4 3.2 2.9

Government

377.7 404.4 399.6 384.9 7.2 1.9

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

 

Total nonfarm

1,846.5 1,880.9 1,896.9 1,863.3 16.8 0.9

Mining, logging, and construction

62.6 60.3 62.9 64.5 1.9 3.0

Manufacturing

224.1 232.2 238.4 231.1 7.0 3.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

348.5 351.9 355.9 354.3 5.8 1.7

Information

27.3 27.1 27.4 27.5 0.2 0.7

Financial activities

104.4 97.6 98.3 98.2 -6.2 -5.9

Professional and business services

350.1 366.7 365.3 357.9 7.8 2.2

Education and health services

293.9 298.8 298.5 296.7 2.8 1.0

Leisure and hospitality

184.1 181.8 186.2 185.6 1.5 0.8

Other services

77.8 77.3 77.0 76.6 -1.2 -1.5

Government

173.7 187.2 187.0 170.9 -2.8 -1.6

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,783.5 2,883.0 2,895.3 2,895.7 112.2 4.0

Mining and logging

108.5 111.7 114.6 116.4 7.9 7.3

Construction

189.0 196.8 196.6 197.9 8.9 4.7

Manufacturing

252.5 258.3 260.5 261.0 8.5 3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

566.4 578.4 583.1 584.9 18.5 3.3

Information

32.8 32.9 33.2 33.3 0.5 1.5

Financial activities

144.1 144.4 145.5 147.2 3.1 2.2

Professional and business services

429.1 438.6 443.1 448.6 19.5 4.5

Education and health services

331.2 347.3 347.6 349.1 17.9 5.4

Leisure and hospitality

277.0 287.8 290.0 291.2 14.2 5.1

Other services

100.3 102.9 102.6 103.9 3.6 3.6

Government

352.6 383.9 378.5 362.2 9.6 2.7

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,524.6 5,675.9 5,687.8 5,616.3 91.7 1.7

Mining and logging

5.3 5.3 5.4 5.5 0.2 3.8

Construction

195.9 207.6 210.0 207.5 11.6 5.9

Manufacturing

525.3 509.1 510.3 510.9 -14.4 -2.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,028.4 1,037.6 1,043.0 1,041.1 12.7 1.2

Information

220.4 227.1 231.6 228.3 7.9 3.6

Financial activities

326.4 321.4 322.5 320.9 -5.5 -1.7

Professional and business services

849.7 881.4 884.1 884.0 34.3 4.0

Education and health services

883.8 930.8 922.0 909.7 25.9 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

638.4 642.5 649.2 650.6 12.2 1.9

Other services

191.6 197.8 197.9 196.7 5.1 2.7

Government

659.4 715.3 711.8 661.1 1.7 0.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,302.9 2,417.2 2,391.2 2,379.8 76.9 3.3

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

93.6 98.4 101.5 102.0 8.4 9.0

Manufacturing

77.5 78.9 79.3 78.4 0.9 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

543.3 563.1 563.2 563.7 20.4 3.8

Information

46.1 46.8 46.6 46.5 0.4 0.9

Financial activities

165.2 168.8 168.9 168.8 3.6 2.2

Professional and business services

369.4 382.0 384.6 380.8 11.4 3.1

Education and health services

339.5 355.1 351.3 350.1 10.6 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

279.4 299.1 297.4 292.7 13.3 4.8

Other services

110.4 116.0 115.5 115.9 5.5 5.0

Government

277.9 308.4 282.3 280.3 2.4 0.9

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

 

Total nonfarm

8,718.0 8,842.5 8,918.7 8,873.4 155.4 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

330.8 326.9 330.9 334.5 3.7 1.1

Manufacturing

355.5 356.3 358.5 356.1 0.6 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,595.7 1,629.5 1,647.2 1,633.8 38.1 2.4

Information

278.0 272.4 272.9 275.5 -2.5 -0.9

Financial activities

747.4 729.2 742.1 750.4 3.0 0.4

Professional and business services

1,401.6 1,408.9 1,425.0 1,428.7 27.1 1.9

Education and health services

1,578.3 1,672.2 1,656.8 1,636.1 57.8 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

827.2 809.6 849.6 855.1 27.9 3.4

Other services

384.3 388.0 392.1 388.4 4.1 1.1

Government

1,219.2 1,249.5 1,243.6 1,214.8 -4.4 -0.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,729.5 2,785.0 2,798.1 2,763.4 33.9 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

105.5 106.6 110.5 116.2 10.7 10.1

Manufacturing

180.2 179.3 179.7 179.6 -0.6 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

504.6 510.5 515.0 511.7 7.1 1.4

Information

47.5 46.3 46.4 46.3 -1.2 -2.5

Financial activities

205.1 203.1 205.2 206.5 1.4 0.7

Professional and business services

437.2 443.5 446.2 446.4 9.2 2.1

Education and health services

558.5 581.1 574.9 573.3 14.8 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

252.9 251.4 259.8 256.4 3.5 1.4

Other services

121.9 120.7 123.1 120.7 -1.2 -1.0

Government

316.1 342.5 337.3 306.3 -9.8 -3.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,101.4 2,152.6 2,166.5 2,160.5 59.1 2.8

Mining and logging

1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

96.1 100.1 100.2 102.6 6.5 6.8

Manufacturing

115.9 117.3 117.7 118.4 2.5 2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

344.0 346.1 350.7 351.8 7.8 2.3

Information

74.2 74.9 76.2 76.6 2.4 3.2

Financial activities

126.6 125.6 127.0 126.9 0.3 0.2

Professional and business services

419.7 427.4 433.3 436.8 17.1 4.1

Education and health services

312.3 326.2 324.0 322.2 9.9 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

243.8 248.5 252.2 252.8 9.0 3.7

Other services

80.2 80.5 80.3 80.4 0.2 0.2

Government

287.3 304.8 303.7 290.8 3.5 1.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,088.0 3,095.8 3,121.4 3,107.8 19.8 0.6

Mining, logging, and construction

150.0 144.2 150.7 150.7 0.7 0.5

Manufacturing

48.6 45.9 46.0 46.0 -2.6 -5.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

389.1 392.4 396.5 398.0 8.9 2.3

Information

76.7 73.7 74.1 74.2 -2.5 -3.3

Financial activities

152.3 154.1 155.1 156.1 3.8 2.5

Professional and business services

712.1 704.8 712.8 712.6 0.5 0.1

Education and health services

386.4 395.9 391.8 391.8 5.4 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

304.5 304.3 314.1 311.7 7.2 2.4

Other services

191.0 189.8 192.8 193.5 2.5 1.3

Government

677.3 690.7 687.5 673.2 -4.1 -0.6

(p) preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014