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December 03, 2014

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — October 2014

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,245,100 in October 2014, up 111,900 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From October 2013 to October 2014, local nonfarm employment rose 3.6 percent, well above the national increase of 2.0 percent. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked second in the rate of job growth and third in the number of jobs added. (See chart 1 and table 1; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains the 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, October 2009–October 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 79 percent of area growth with the addition of 88,200 jobs from October a year ago, an increase of 4.0 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 29 percent of the area workforce, added 23,700 jobs during the 12-month period, a 2.5-percent increase.

Industry employment

Professional and business services registered the largest annual gain among the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington supersectors, adding 32,300 jobs, a 6.5-percent rise since October 2013; nationally, employment was up 3.6 percent in this supersector. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Local growth in this supersector was particularly strong in the employment services industry which gained 16,400 jobs over the year, a 14.7-percent increase.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 31,500 jobs from October 2013. The local rate of job growth, at 4.9 percent, was more than twice the national rate of 2.2 percent. Wholesale trade led the local supersector growth with the addition of 14,200 jobs, followed by transportation and utilities which added 13,600 jobs, representing gains of 8.3 and 9.1 percent, respectively.

Mining, logging, and construction added 14,200 jobs locally, a 7.9-percent gain over the year. The rates of job growth for this supersector differed between the metropolitan divisions, as Dallas-Plano-Irving registered a 9.4-percent rise and Fort Worth-Arlington expanded by 5.0 percent.

Government added 10,700 jobs between October 2013 and October 2014, increasing at a 2.7-percent pace locally compared to 0.4 percent nationally. Expansion in Dallas’s public sector employment occurred in the state government and local government jurisdictions as federal government employment declined over the year.

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

Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 9,700 from October 2013, an increase of 3.0 percent. Dallas-Plano-Irving added jobs in this industry at a 3.5-percent pace and Fort Worth-Arlington experienced an increase of 2.0 percent. Nationwide, leisure and hospitality employment rose 2.8 percent during the period.

The local education and health services supersector added 7,400 jobs since October 2013, an increase of 1.9 percent compared to the national gain of 2.1 percent. Most of the local expansion occurred in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division which added 6,000 education and health services jobs, rising at a 2.2-percent pace.

Two other local supersectors recorded employment gains of at least 1,000 from October 2013: financial activities (6,200); and other services (2,100). The area’s 2.4-percent job growth in financial activities was its strongest over-the-year rate of increase since October 2013. Nationally, employment in this supersector rose 1.2 percent from October 2013 to October 2014.

Manufacturing employment in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area fell by 1,500 from October 2013, a decline of 0.6 percent. All of the job loss occurred in Dallas-Plano-Irving which has registered annual declines since September 2012. In contrast, manufacturing employment nationwide rose 1.4 percent during the latest period.

Employment in the 12 Largest Metropolitan Areas

Dallas was one of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in October 2014. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 5 exceeding the national average of 2.0 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 4.3 percent, followed by Dallas, at 3.6 percent. The slowest rates of job growth were in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (0.3 percent) and Detroit-Warren-Livonia (0.4 percent). (See chart 3 and table 2.)

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

The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area added the largest number of jobs, 123,900, since October 2013. Two other metropolitan areas gained more than 100,000 jobs over the year–Houston (120,600) and Dallas (111,900). Two areas added fewer than 10,000 jobs over the year–Philadelphia (9,100) and Detroit (6,900).

Two supersectors accounted for most of the job growth in the 12 largest areas. Professional and business services led employment growth in five metropolitan areas: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Dallas, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont. (See table 2.) Trade, transportation, and utilities recorded the largest gains in four areas: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Detroit, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, and Philadelphia.

Over the year, manufacturing recorded the largest loss of jobs in three areas–Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Information lost the most jobs in two areas–New York and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Houston and Miami experienced no annual job loss 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.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

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
 
Oct.
2013
Aug.
2014
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014(p)
Change from Oct.
2013 to Oct. 2014
Number Percent

U.S.

 

Total nonfarm

138,013 139,061 139,753 140,817 2,804 2.0

Mining and logging

888 936 939 936 48 5.4

Construction

6,086 6,351 6,320 6,328 242 4.0

Manufacturing

12,055 12,254 12,232 12,227 172 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,083 26,438 26,418 26,649 566 2.2

Information

2,674 2,707 2,695 2,701 27 1.0

Financial activities

7,905 8,032 7,993 7,999 94 1.2

Professional and business services

18,918 19,455 19,453 19,591 673 3.6

Education and health services

21,392 21,229 21,515 21,850 458 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

14,324 15,296 14,880 14,718 394 2.8

Other services

5,473 5,560 5,506 5,519 46 0.8

Government

22,215 20,803 21,802 22,299 84 0.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

3,133.2 3,214.3 3,221.3 3,245.1 111.9 3.6

Mining, logging, and construction

180.6 193.3 192.3 194.8 14.2 7.9

Manufacturing

258.3 258.5 256.8 256.8 -1.5 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

645.1 666.6 667.0 676.6 31.5 4.9

Information

79.8 79.7 79.3 79.1 -0.7 -0.9

Financial activities

253.1 258.5 257.3 259.3 6.2 2.4

Professional and business services

496.8 530.2 526.9 529.1 32.3 6.5

Education and health services

388.5 390.1 392.6 395.9 7.4 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

320.5 334.5 333.3 330.2 9.7 3.0

Other services

112.6 115.0 114.6 114.7 2.1 1.9

Government

397.9 387.9 401.2 408.6 10.7 2.7

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

2,202.2 2,267.5 2,273.7 2,290.4 88.2 4.0

Mining, logging, and construction

116.8 125.9 125.9 127.8 11.0 9.4

Manufacturing

165.2 164.3 163.5 163.7 -1.5 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

432.7 447.2 447.1 454.2 21.5 5.0

Information

66.5 67.1 66.7 66.4 -0.1 -0.2

Financial activities

198.4 206.7 205.2 207.9 9.5 4.8

Professional and business services

389.4 414.0 412.2 413.9 24.5 6.3

Education and health services

269.5 272.9 273.7 275.5 6.0 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

217.4 226.0 227.0 225.0 7.6 3.5

Other services

76.3 77.8 77.4 77.4 1.1 1.4

Government

270.0 265.6 275.0 278.6 8.6 3.2

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

931.0 946.8 947.6 954.7 23.7 2.5

Mining, logging, and construction

63.8 67.4 66.4 67.0 3.2 5.0

Manufacturing

93.1 94.2 93.3 93.1 0.0 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

212.4 219.4 219.9 222.4 10.0 4.7

Information

13.3 12.6 12.6 12.7 -0.6 -4.5

Financial activities

54.7 51.8 52.1 51.4 -3.3 -6.0

Professional and business services

107.4 116.2 114.7 115.2 7.8 7.3

Education and health services

119.0 117.2 118.9 120.4 1.4 1.2

Leisure and hospitality

103.1 108.5 106.3 105.2 2.1 2.0

Other services

36.3 37.2 37.2 37.3 1.0 2.8

Government

127.9 122.3 126.2 130.0 2.1 1.6

(p) preliminary



 

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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,431.3 2,472.6 2,470.3 2,489.1 57.8 2.4

Mining and logging

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

95.5 98.0 98.8 100.7 5.2 5.4

Manufacturing

151.2 154.3 154.2 153.6 2.4 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

541.1 550.2 550.6 559.7 18.6 3.4

Information

84.6 86.9 86.2 85.3 0.7 0.8

Financial activities

158.2 161.0 161.6 162.9 4.7 3.0

Professional and business services

440.7 457.8 453.0 456.9 16.2 3.7

Education and health services

298.6 295.9 298.0 300.1 1.5 0.5

Leisure and hospitality

248.4 261.0 255.9 256.9 8.5 3.4

Other services

93.9 93.1 91.7 91.9 -2.0 -2.1

Government

317.9 313.2 319.1 319.9 2.0 0.6

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,589.5 2,592.2 2,611.2 2,630.1 40.6 1.6

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

94.3 96.2 94.5 95.3 1.0 1.1

Manufacturing

193.8 195.1 193.8 193.6 -0.2 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

412.5 405.5 415.4 418.2 5.7 1.4

Information

74.7 79.8 79.9 80.6 5.9 7.9

Financial activities

172.6 176.2 174.3 174.2 1.6 0.9

Professional and business services

440.9 451.3 448.7 452.4 11.5 2.6

Education and health services

547.4 541.4 547.6 558.2 10.8 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

249.9 266.8 254.4 251.0 1.1 0.4

Other services

98.4 103.9 100.1 101.0 2.6 2.6

Government

304.4 275.4 301.9 305.0 0.6 0.2

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,498.7 4,511.1 4,515.6 4,537.1 38.4 0.9

Mining and logging

1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

161.1 167.7 166.0 167.8 6.7 4.2

Manufacturing

408.9 408.7 406.6 406.5 -2.4 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

903.9 903.7 905.5 913.8 9.9 1.1

Information

80.1 80.6 79.8 79.7 -0.4 -0.5

Financial activities

290.2 290.6 288.3 288.2 -2.0 -0.7

Professional and business services

788.0 799.1 799.8 800.0 12.0 1.5

Education and health services

685.3 675.3 681.1 691.9 6.6 1.0

Leisure and hospitality

432.0 451.2 440.6 436.0 4.0 0.9

Other services

192.4 193.5 192.5 191.9 -0.5 -0.3

Government

555.4 539.3 554.0 559.9 4.5 0.8

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,133.2 3,214.3 3,221.3 3,245.1 111.9 3.6

Mining, logging, and construction

180.6 193.3 192.3 194.8 14.2 7.9

Manufacturing

258.3 258.5 256.8 256.8 -1.5 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

645.1 666.6 667.0 676.6 31.5 4.9

Information

79.8 79.7 79.3 79.1 -0.7 -0.9

Financial activities

253.1 258.5 257.3 259.3 6.2 2.4

Professional and business services

496.8 530.2 526.9 529.1 32.3 6.5

Education and health services

388.5 390.1 392.6 395.9 7.4 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

320.5 334.5 333.3 330.2 9.7 3.0

Other services

112.6 115.0 114.6 114.7 2.1 1.9

Government

397.9 387.9 401.2 408.6 10.7 2.7

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

 

Total nonfarm

1,883.9 1,866.8 1,877.6 1,890.8 6.9 0.4

Mining, logging, and construction

61.6 65.6 66.3 66.3 4.7 7.6

Manufacturing

233.4 233.3 234.7 237.3 3.9 1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

349.1 353.3 352.0 356.9 7.8 2.2

Information

27.1 27.5 27.1 27.1 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

101.2 98.1 96.8 97.2 -4.0 -4.0

Professional and business services

365.4 365.8 367.1 369.0 3.6 1.0

Education and health services

300.0 294.0 295.5 299.2 -0.8 -0.3

Leisure and hospitality

177.8 182.6 177.4 173.3 -4.5 -2.5

Other services

77.1 76.3 76.3 75.9 -1.2 -1.6

Government

191.2 170.3 184.4 188.6 -2.6 -1.4

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,818.9 2,898.1 2,920.4 2,939.5 120.6 4.3

Mining and logging

108.1 117.6 118.0 117.9 9.8 9.1

Construction

192.9 201.4 203.0 205.8 12.9 6.7

Manufacturing

255.0 262.1 261.6 263.0 8.0 3.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

567.7 585.4 584.2 588.0 20.3 3.6

Information

32.5 33.2 33.2 33.3 0.8 2.5

Financial activities

143.0 147.5 147.0 148.0 5.0 3.5

Professional and business services

431.2 447.4 448.8 448.6 17.4 4.0

Education and health services

338.2 354.5 358.6 362.1 23.9 7.1

Leisure and hospitality

272.1 287.5 283.5 280.8 8.7 3.2

Other services

100.3 102.6 102.4 102.8 2.5 2.5

Government

377.9 358.9 380.1 389.2 11.3 3.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,638.1 5,639.1 5,674.5 5,725.3 87.2 1.5

Mining and logging

5.3 5.6 5.6 5.4 0.1 1.9

Construction

199.4 210.2 213.2 212.5 13.1 6.6

Manufacturing

524.4 510.1 509.2 508.9 -15.5 -3.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,039.2 1,041.5 1,042.7 1,052.3 13.1 1.3

Information

229.5 236.5 233.7 236.2 6.7 2.9

Financial activities

324.2 322.4 320.8 320.6 -3.6 -1.1

Professional and business services

873.0 892.4 897.8 905.5 32.5 3.7

Education and health services

914.5 914.8 927.2 944.9 30.4 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

634.0 649.2 647.7 644.3 10.3 1.6

Other services

194.0 196.6 195.3 196.0 2.0 1.0

Government

700.6 659.8 681.3 698.7 -1.9 -0.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,364.1 2,402.7 2,416.0 2,440.7 76.6 3.2

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

97.6 102.9 104.3 105.8 8.2 8.4

Manufacturing

77.7 78.9 79.9 80.7 3.0 3.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

551.0 564.6 566.9 571.6 20.6 3.7

Information

46.5 46.7 46.7 46.8 0.3 0.6

Financial activities

166.5 168.8 169.1 170.4 3.9 2.3

Professional and business services

374.3 384.7 384.6 388.1 13.8 3.7

Education and health services

347.9 350.2 354.1 358.4 10.5 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

283.1 288.8 287.5 290.4 7.3 2.6

Other services

111.3 115.0 115.9 117.1 5.8 5.2

Government

307.6 301.5 306.4 310.8 3.2 1.0

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

 

Total nonfarm

8,786.7 8,839.9 8,844.0 8,910.6 123.9 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

329.1 333.5 332.8 327.2 -1.9 -0.6

Manufacturing

358.4 356.6 355.1 355.3 -3.1 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,619.4 1,633.4 1,640.1 1,649.1 29.7 1.8

Information

279.0 276.5 272.8 273.8 -5.2 -1.9

Financial activities

740.3 747.8 741.7 740.9 0.6 0.1

Professional and business services

1,404.2 1,436.2 1,432.5 1,436.2 32.0 2.3

Education and health services

1,644.1 1,631.9 1,661.8 1,689.6 45.5 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

785.6 847.6 819.8 810.9 25.3 3.2

Other services

383.0 388.9 383.9 386.5 3.5 0.9

Government

1,243.6 1,187.5 1,203.5 1,241.1 -2.5 -0.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,775.2 2,752.2 2,761.4 2,784.3 9.1 0.3

Mining, logging, and construction

106.3 114.7 112.7 111.7 5.4 5.1

Manufacturing

179.5 179.3 179.3 179.6 0.1 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

508.1 512.7 511.7 516.0 7.9 1.6

Information

46.9 46.2 45.9 45.8 -1.1 -2.3

Financial activities

204.0 206.5 204.5 204.0 0.0 0.0

Professional and business services

442.8 444.9 443.6 446.9 4.1 0.9

Education and health services

580.5 567.3 577.6 585.4 4.9 0.8

Leisure and hospitality

243.0 254.0 242.7 240.3 -2.7 -1.1

Other services

121.8 120.4 120.1 120.8 -1.0 -0.8

Government

342.3 306.2 323.3 333.8 -8.5 -2.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,132.5 2,166.1 2,175.9 2,192.0 59.5 2.8

Mining and logging

1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

96.9 104.9 104.5 104.1 7.2 7.4

Manufacturing

118.0 118.1 118.8 118.8 0.8 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

348.5 351.7 353.0 358.2 9.7 2.8

Information

73.6 77.2 76.6 76.9 3.3 4.5

Financial activities

126.0 127.1 125.9 125.0 -1.0 -0.8

Professional and business services

424.1 436.3 440.3 443.2 19.1 4.5

Education and health services

317.7 321.8 324.9 328.1 10.4 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

245.3 254.4 252.7 252.8 7.5 3.1

Other services

80.3 80.9 80.3 80.8 0.5 0.6

Government

300.8 292.5 297.7 302.9 2.1 0.7

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,093.3 3,081.6 3,086.7 3,110.9 17.6 0.6

Mining, logging, and construction

146.8 151.8 150.7 151.5 4.7 3.2

Manufacturing

46.9 46.4 45.5 44.6 -2.3 -4.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

392.8 394.7 392.3 395.5 2.7 0.7

Information

75.4 73.5 73.0 72.2 -3.2 -4.2

Financial activities

152.0 156.7 156.2 156.3 4.3 2.8

Professional and business services

702.5 708.5 700.7 704.5 2.0 0.3

Education and health services

402.7 385.5 392.7 402.3 -0.4 -0.1

Leisure and hospitality

293.8 309.4 300.7 299.6 5.8 2.0

Other services

189.6 192.9 189.9 190.7 1.1 0.6

Government

690.8 662.2 685.0 693.7 2.9 0.4

(p) preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 03, 2014