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Employment increased in 34 of 38 metropolitan divisions for year ending September 2017

November 03, 2017

From September 2016 to September 2017, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 34 of the 38 metropolitan divisions and fell in 4. The largest over-the-year percentage increases occurred in Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, Massachusetts-New Hampshire (2.8 percent), Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (2.7 percent), and Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts, and Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (2.6 percent each). The largest over-the-year percentage decreases occurred in Gary, Indiana (−1.1 percent), and Elgin, Illinois (−0.7 percent).

Percent change in industry employment for metropolitan and NECTA divisions, not seasonally adjusted, September 2016–September 2017
Metropolitan and NECTA division Total nonfarm Mining and logging(p) Construction(p) Manufacturing(p) Trade, transportation, and utilities(p) Information(p) Financial activities(p)

California

             

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

0.4% 0.0% 7.9% -3.4% 0.1% 0.4% -0.1%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

1.2 -5.6 4.7 -1.3 0.0 1.1 0.5

Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

1.1 0.0 4.0 -1.1 -0.7 1.9 2.3

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

1.7 0.0 9.1 0.8 1.9 0.8 2.7

San Rafael, CA

2.1 (1) 5.8 12.8 1.6 0.0 0.0

District of Columbia

             

Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD

1.9 (1) 7.1 0.6 -0.1 -2.2 -2.3

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

1.3 (1) 1.4 0.3 1.8 -4.1 0.8

Florida

             

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

1.6 (1) 7.9 2.5 1.2 0.0 0.3

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL

0.2 0.0 -5.7 -1.2 1.4 0.0 -0.1

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

0.8 (1) 7.6 0.0 -1.2 0.9 -2.3

Illinois

             

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

0.3 0.0 0.4 0.0 -0.7 0.7 4.1

Elgin, IL

-0.7 0.0 -2.2 -4.2 0.2 0.0 2.8

Gary, IN

-1.1 0.0 1.7 -1.9 -1.4 0.0 0.0

Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI

1.3 0.0 1.4 2.5 -1.1 -2.7 -1.4

Massachusetts

             

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA

2.6 (1) -0.4 0.5 1.4 0.2 3.2

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA

0.9 (1) 11.8 -2.0 -2.4 -16.7 0.0

Framingham, MA

1.4 (1) 6.5 -2.1 3.1 -1.8 1.9

Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH

2.8 (1) 4.0 3.1 2.2 0.0 5.0

Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH

-0.1 (1) 6.5 -2.2 0.6 -6.3 0.0

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH

0.9 (1) 12.4 1.3 -0.8 -1.6 0.0

Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead-MA

2.2 (1) 6.7 -2.4 4.7 -33.3 0.0

Nashua, NH-MA

2.5 (1) 5.6 -0.5 -0.7 5.6 0.0

Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA

1.5 (1) 6.5 1.4 -4.9 0.0 -2.3

Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA

0.2 (1) 3.0 -1.8 0.6 -8.3 -5.3

Michigan

             

Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI

1.9 (1) 10.2 0.6 0.7 -2.5 8.0

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

1.7 (1) 8.6 0.8 -0.2 -1.9 0.0

New York

             

Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY

0.3 (1) 6.0 -3.0 0.4 -10.0 0.0

Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

0.7 (1) -2.9 -2.5 -0.1 -2.6 -0.1

Newark, NJ-PA

-0.1 (1) 1.9 2.8 -0.3 -2.1 -0.8

New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

1.1 (1) 1.4 0.2 -0.8 -3.0 1.2

Pennsylvania

             

Camden, NJ

1.3 (1) 3.9 4.0 1.7 -2.9 -0.3

Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA

1.7 (1) 1.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.9 3.1

Philadelphia, PA

1.1 (1) 4.6 -3.7 0.3 -0.7 2.0

Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ

1.6 (1) -1.7 -1.7 -1.5 0.0 2.8

Texas

             

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

2.7 (1) 2.9 2.5 2.2 -1.1 3.8

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

2.6 (1) 2.0 4.3 1.3 -1.8 5.4

Washington

             

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

2.3 0.0 1.5 -3.4 2.5 3.9 2.5

Tacoma-Lakewood, WA

2.4 0.0 8.4 0.0 0.6 3.8 5.0
Footnotes:

 

(p) = preliminary.

(1) = Mining and logging is combined with construction.

Percent change in industry employment for metropolitan and NECTA divisions, not seasonally adjusted, September 2016–September 2017
Metropolitan and NECTA division Professional and business services(p) Education and health services(p) Leisure and hospitality(p) Other services(p) Government(p)

California

         

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

0.4% 0.2% 2.1% 3.4% -2.0%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

1.2 4.0 1.0 5.6 -1.0

Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA

1.1 2.8 2.6 2.3 0.5

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA

1.7 3.2 4.3 6.1 1.0

San Rafael, CA

2.1 6.8 -1.8 3.6 0.7

District of Columbia

         

Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD

1.9 2.5 3.9 1.4 2.0

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA

1.3 1.1 2.7 1.3 0.0

Florida

         

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

1.6 4.4 -1.9 0.3 2.0

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL

0.2 1.8 0.6 3.7 1.2

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

0.8 2.1 -1.7 0.0 1.9

Illinois

         

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

0.3 0.8 -0.6 1.6 -0.7

Elgin, IL

-0.7 -0.9 2.4 0.0 0.7

Gary, IL

-1.1 0.4 -2.1 1.5 -3.9

Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI

1.3 2.8 -5.1 0.8 0.4

Massachusetts

         

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA

2.6 4.0 2.0 7.9 1.0

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA

0.9 5.2 -1.5 2.3 -1.3

Framingham, MA

1.4 4.2 0.7 3.8 1.7

Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH

2.8 0.9 4.8 0.0 5.5

Lawrence-Methuen Town-Sale, MA-NH

-0.1 -1.8 1.3 3.3 -3.4

Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH

0.9 -0.8 3.0 4.1 0.9

Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead-MA

2.2 2.9 0.0 7.1 1.6

Nashua, NH-MA

2.5 4.8 1.7 0.0 2.3

Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA

1.5 6.6 3.7 2.6 0.0

Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA

0.2 3.5 -1.7 4.5 1.1

Michigan

         

Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI

1.9 2.3 2.7 -1.7 1.8

Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI

1.7 0.3 2.7 -0.4 1.8

New York

         

Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY

0.3 0.8 -0.7 4.3 0.4

Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

0.7 3.7 1.6 1.2 0.2

Newark, NJ-PA

-0.1 0.3 4.5 3.3 -1.9

New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

1.1 2.4 1.8 1.2 0.8

Pennsylvania

         

Camden, NJ

1.3 0.3 2.5 -1.6 0.8

Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA

1.7 1.3 3.9 -1.5 -1.3

Philadelphia, PA

1.1 1.2 5.5 0.3 0.5

Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ

1.6 3.4 6.9 0.0 1.3

Texas

         

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

2.7 1.0 2.7 3.3 0.9

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

2.6 2.6 1.5 6.4 2.1

Washington

         

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

2.3 3.3 3.2 4.8 3.8

Tacoma-Lakewood, WA

2.4 2.6 4.3 2.2 1.0
Footnotes:

 

(p) = preliminary.

(1) = Mining and logging is combined with construction.

San Rafael, California, experienced the largest increase in manufacturing employment (12.8 percent) among metropolitan divisions for the year ending September 2017. Over that period, Elgin, Illinois, recorded the largest decrease (−4.2 percent).

From September 2016 to September 2017, employment in professional and business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality increased for most metropolitan divisions. Employment within the information industry for Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Massachusetts, decreased 33.3 percent over that period.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and may be revised. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — September 2017” (HTML) (PDF).

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employment increased in 34 of 38 metropolitan divisions for year ending September 2017 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/employment-increased-in-34-of-38-metropolitan-divisions-for-year-ending-september-2017.htm (visited November 19, 2019).

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