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Tuesday, October 09, 2014

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Atlanta Area Employment – August 2014


Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,470,600 in August 2014, an increase of 51,400, or 2.1 percent, from one 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 for the last four years. Nationally, nonfarm employment increased 1.9 percent from August 2013. (See chart 1 and table 1; The Technical Note at end of 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 percent change in the U.S. and the Atlanta metropolitan area, August 2009-August 2014


Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, professional and business services added the most jobs in August 2014, up 17,600, or 4.0 percent, over the 12-month period. Atlanta's professional and business services sector has recorded over-the-year employment gains each month since March 2010. This supersector grew 3.6 percent nationally from August a year ago. (See chart 2.)

Trade, transportation, and utilities had the second largest increase in jobs locally, increasing by 11,300 from the previous August. Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities grew 2.1 percent in Atlanta, similar to the 2.1 percent for the nation.

Leisure and hospitality was the only other supersector in the Atlanta area to add more than 8,000 jobs over the year. Employment in leisure and hospitality grew 3.4 percent over the 12-month period. Nationally, this industry experienced growth of 2.4 percent.

Chart 2. Total nonfarm and supersector employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, August 2014

Other services was the only supersector in the Atlanta area recording a decline in employment from the previous August, down 1,600 or 1.7 percent. Nationally, employment in this supersector increased 0.9 percent.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation's 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in August 2014. All of these areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with six exceeding or matching the national average of 1.8 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 3.9 percent, more than double that for the nation. Detroit-Warren-Livonia had the smallest increase, up 0.1 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area added the largest number of jobs, 156,500, since August 2013. Two other metropolitan areas gained more than 100,000 jobsóHouston (107,400) and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (101,500). Detroit recorded the smallest employment gain over the year, up 2,700 jobs, and was the only area of the 12 to add fewer than 10,000 jobs.

Professional and business services led employment growth in 6 of the 12 metropolitan areas over the year: Atlanta, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont. (See table 2.) Education and health services recorded the largest gains in four areas: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Houston, New York, and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

Over the year, government recorded the largest loss of jobs in two areasóNew York and Philadelphia. Manufacturing lost the most jobs in two areasóChicago and Los Angeles. Dallas, Houston, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach experienced no annual job losses in any supersector.

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

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.

Definition. 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 places 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 (NAICS).

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, 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 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 are 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 online at www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available at www.bls.gov/sae/.

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/.

Current and historical information on the Current Employment Statistics program and other surveys are also available on our regional Web site at www.bls.gov/ro4/home.htm. 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.

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 the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, 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, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton in Georgia.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and Atlanta metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry Aug. June July Aug. Change from Aug.
2013 2014 2014 2014(p) 2013 to Aug. 2014(p)
Number Percent

United States

 

  Total nonfarm

136477 139772 138662 139051 2574 1.9

    Mining and logging

887 916 931 935 48 5.4

    Construction

6114 6207 6315 6350 236 3.9

    Manufacturing

12088 12210 12215 12249 161 1.3

    Trade transportation and utilities

25901 26441 26441 26432 531 2.1

    Information

2683 2674 2688 2697 14 0.5

    Financial activities

7950 7999 8028 8031 81 1.0

    Professional and business services

18792 19353 19360 19460 668 3.6

    Education and health services

20842 21271 21164 21229 387 1.9

    Leisure and hospitality

14945 15270 15345 15300 355 2.4

    Other services

5507 5572 5574 5559 52 0.9

    Government

20768 21859 20601 20809 41 0.2

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

  Total nonfarm

2419.2 2463.9 2464.7 2470.6 51.4 2.1

    Mining and logging

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

    Construction

94.3 97.5 97.7 98.1 3.8 4.0

    Manufacturing

149.3 153.2 153.7 154.2 4.9 3.3

    Trade transportation and utilities

538.2 548.6 551 549.5 11.3 2.1

    Information

85.2 86.7 87.4 87.2 2.0 2.3

    Financial activities

157.9 160 162.3 161.5 3.6 2.3

    Professional and business services

439.8 453.6 458.2 457.4 17.6 4.0

    Education and health services

294.5 292.2 291.8 295.8 1.3 0.4

    Leisure and hospitality

252.9 263.7 264.4 261.4 8.5 3.4

    Other services

94.2 92.3 92.2 92.6 -1.6 -1.7

    Government

311.7 314.9 304.8 311.7 0.0 0.0

(p) preliminary



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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,419.2 2,463.9 2,464.7 2,470.6 51.4 2.1

Mining and logging

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

94.3 97.5 97.7 98.1 3.8 4.0

Manufacturing

149.3 153.2 153.7 154.2 4.9 3.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

538.2 548.6 551.0 549.5 11.3 2.1

Information

85.2 86.7 87.4 87.2 2.0 2.3

Financial activities

157.9 160.0 162.3 161.5 3.6 2.3

Professional and business services

439.8 453.6 458.2 457.4 17.6 4.0

Education and health services

294.5 292.2 291.8 295.8 1.3 0.4

Leisure and hospitality

252.9 263.7 264.4 261.4 8.5 3.4

Other services

94.2 92.3 92.2 92.6 -1.6 -1.7

Government

311.7 314.9 304.8 311.7 0.0 0.0

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,551.8 2,622.0 2,610.8 2,591.9 40.1 1.6

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

95.8 93.0 96.5 96.0 0.2 0.2

Manufacturing

194.2 195.5 195.2 195.4 1.2 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

409.5 421.3 418.9 405.4 -4.1 -1.0

Information

75.3 78.6 79.4 79.8 4.5 6.0

Financial activities

175.2 174.2 176.1 176.2 1.0 0.6

Professional and business services

441.4 447.3 450.9 451.0 9.6 2.2

Education and health services

522.8 539.5 543.8 541.0 18.2 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

259.8 262.5 265.0 267.0 7.2 2.8

Other services

101.8 103.0 104.7 104.1 2.3 2.3

Government

275.4 306.5 279.7 275.4 0.0 0.0

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,472.3 4,527.3 4,505.7 4,510.6 38.3 0.9

Mining and logging

1.6 1.4 1.4 1.4 -0.2 -12.5

Construction

160.4 163.1 167.0 167.3 6.9 4.3

Manufacturing

411.2 405.9 407.8 408.9 -2.3 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

900.1 904.5 903.0 903.4 3.3 0.4

Information

80.7 80.6 80.9 80.6 -0.1 -0.1

Financial activities

291.9 290.7 291.7 290.6 -1.3 -0.4

Professional and business services

780.4 790.8 794.5 799.0 18.6 2.4

Education and health services

670.3 683.5 673.7 673.7 3.4 0.5

Leisure and hospitality

446.5 451.3 449.0 452.4 5.9 1.3

Other services

193.9 196.1 194.5 194.1 0.2 0.1

Government

535.3 559.4 542.2 539.2 3.9 0.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,107.5 3,216.6 3,202.8 3,209.0 101.5 3.3

Mining, logging, and construction

180.5 191.1 191.2 193.0 12.5 6.9

Manufacturing

258.6 257.9 258.6 258.7 0.1 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

643.2 663.7 664.3 665.2 22.0 3.4

Information

80.2 81.0 80.5 80.2 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

256.4 255.5 256.3 257.5 1.1 0.4

Professional and business services

489.7 522.3 525.4 529.5 39.8 8.1

Education and health services

384.2 392.4 389.9 390.7 6.5 1.7

Leisure and hospitality

323.1 338.7 337.1 333.2 10.1 3.1

Other services

112.6 114.4 115.1 114.4 1.8 1.6

Government

379.0 399.6 384.4 386.6 7.6 2.0

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

 

Total nonfarm

1,867.8 1,896.9 1,865.1 1,870.5 2.7 0.1

Mining, logging, and construction

62.4 62.9 64.5 65.8 3.4 5.4

Manufacturing

232.5 238.4 230.8 237.0 4.5 1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

350.5 355.9 354.2 353.1 2.6 0.7

Information

27.4 27.4 27.4 27.3 -0.1 -0.4

Financial activities

104.5 98.3 98.1 97.8 -6.7 -6.4

Professional and business services

360.2 365.3 359.3 366.2 6.0 1.7

Education and health services

294.6 298.5 297.4 293.7 -0.9 -0.3

Leisure and hospitality

185.2 186.2 185.7 183.2 -2.0 -1.1

Other services

78.3 77.0 76.5 76.3 -2.0 -2.6

Government

172.2 187.0 171.2 170.1 -2.1 -1.2

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,789.0 2,895.3 2,892.7 2,896.4 107.4 3.9

Mining and logging

108.9 114.6 116.4 117.8 8.9 8.2

Construction

190.5 196.6 195.7 201.4 10.9 5.7

Manufacturing

252.8 260.5 261.5 262.2 9.4 3.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

570.8 583.1 585.4 584.8 14.0 2.5

Information

32.8 33.2 33.3 33.3 0.5 1.5

Financial activities

144.4 145.5 146.5 147.1 2.7 1.9

Professional and business services

431.6 443.1 446.1 447.6 16.0 3.7

Education and health services

335.4 347.6 348.5 354.4 19.0 5.7

Leisure and hospitality

276.9 290.0 291.3 287.6 10.7 3.9

Other services

98.9 102.6 103.5 102.4 3.5 3.5

Government

346.0 378.5 364.5 357.8 11.8 3.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,551.5 5,687.8 5,622.8 5,638.5 87.0 1.6

Mining and logging

5.2 5.4 5.5 5.6 0.4 7.7

Construction

198.4 210.0 207.8 209.5 11.1 5.6

Manufacturing

525.9 510.3 511.0 511.3 -14.6 -2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,031.9 1,043.0 1,041.7 1,041.4 9.5 0.9

Information

224.6 231.6 229.0 230.0 5.4 2.4

Financial activities

326.0 322.5 321.2 321.8 -4.2 -1.3

Professional and business services

859.0 884.1 887.9 894.8 35.8 4.2

Education and health services

890.6 922.0 909.8 916.8 26.2 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

636.2 649.2 650.3 649.4 13.2 2.1

Other services

191.2 197.9 196.5 197.3 6.1 3.2

Government

662.5 711.8 662.1 660.6 -1.9 -0.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,336.3 2,391.2 2,379.5 2,401.9 65.6 2.8

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

96.0 101.5 101.0 102.8 6.8 7.1

Manufacturing

78.0 79.3 78.4 78.6 0.6 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

545.6 563.2 563.9 564.0 18.4 3.4

Information

46.2 46.6 46.5 46.7 0.5 1.1

Financial activities

165.5 168.9 169.3 168.6 3.1 1.9

Professional and business services

371.8 384.6 382.9 384.2 12.4 3.3

Education and health services

343.8 351.3 349.3 351.0 7.2 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

279.8 297.4 291.7 288.8 9.0 3.2

Other services

110.2 115.5 115.6 115.1 4.9 4.4

Government

298.8 282.3 280.3 301.5 2.7 0.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

8,679.7 8,918.7 8,873.8 8,836.2 156.5 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

334.7 330.9 334.8 334.3 -0.4 -0.1

Manufacturing

357.2 358.5 354.3 356.1 -1.1 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,592.5 1,647.2 1,632.9 1,634.0 41.5 2.6

Information

280.0 272.9 275.4 276.4 -3.6 -1.3

Financial activities

747.3 742.1 747.8 745.9 -1.4 -0.2

Professional and business services

1,405.1 1,425.0 1,430.2 1,435.1 30.0 2.1

Education and health services

1,568.8 1,656.8 1,636.7 1,632.4 63.6 4.1

Leisure and hospitality

820.1 849.6 854.6 845.2 25.1 3.1

Other services

383.0 392.1 390.7 389.6 6.6 1.7

Government

1,191.0 1,243.6 1,216.4 1,187.2 -3.8 -0.3

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,726.4 2,798.1 2,763.9 2,751.1 24.7 0.9

Mining, logging, and construction

106.8 110.5 115.3 114.3 7.5 7.0

Manufacturing

180.6 179.7 179.8 178.9 -1.7 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

505.6 515.0 512.5 512.5 6.9 1.4

Information

47.6 46.4 46.2 46.1 -1.5 -3.2

Financial activities

204.8 205.2 206.4 206.5 1.7 0.8

Professional and business services

438.4 446.2 447.9 444.1 5.7 1.3

Education and health services

556.4 574.9 571.2 568.4 12.0 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

252.4 259.8 256.3 254.0 1.6 0.6

Other services

122.0 123.1 120.7 120.4 -1.6 -1.3

Government

311.8 337.3 307.6 305.9 -5.9 -1.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,112.3 2,166.5 2,160.7 2,170.1 57.8 2.7

Mining and logging

1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

97.6 100.2 103.1 106.1 8.5 8.7

Manufacturing

117.0 117.7 118.5 118.0 1.0 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

345.6 350.7 352.2 353.7 8.1 2.3

Information

74.2 76.2 76.9 76.8 2.6 3.5

Financial activities

126.8 127.0 127.3 127.2 0.4 0.3

Professional and business services

423.2 433.3 436.3 437.2 14.0 3.3

Education and health services

312.7 324.0 321.9 322.0 9.3 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

245.4 252.2 251.7 255.0 9.6 3.9

Other services

80.3 80.3 80.3 81.1 0.8 1.0

Government

288.2 303.7 291.3 291.8 3.6 1.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,073.9 3,121.4 3,108.0 3,084.2 10.3 0.3

Mining, logging, and construction

150.8 150.7 150.5 151.7 0.9 0.6

Manufacturing

48.4 46.0 45.8 46.4 -2.0 -4.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

389.3 396.5 397.5 395.1 5.8 1.5

Information

77.6 74.1 74.0 73.6 -4.0 -5.2

Financial activities

152.1 155.1 156.8 156.5 4.4 2.9

Professional and business services

713.3 712.8 713.3 707.9 -5.4 -0.8

Education and health services

385.9 391.8 390.6 387.0 1.1 0.3

Leisure and hospitality

302.7 314.1 312.9 310.7 8.0 2.6

Other services

190.2 192.8 193.6 192.9 2.7 1.4

Government

663.6 687.5 673.0 662.4 -1.2 -0.2

(p) preliminary


Last Modified Date: October 09, 2014