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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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Atlanta Area Employment – February 2017

Local Rate of Employment Growth Above the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,710,900 in February 2017, up 95,400, or 3.6 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Atlanta area has had over-the-year employment gains of 75,000 or more since January 2016. (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.)

Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, the professional and business services industry had the largest employment gain from February 2016 to February 2017, up 22,100 or 4.6 percent. Nationwide, employment in professional and business services rose 3.0 percent from the previous February. (See chart 2.)

Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 17,600 since last February, the second-largest gain in the Atlanta area. The local growth rate for leisure and hospitality (6.6 percent) was greater than the nationwide average of 1.9 percent.

Two other supersectors in the Atlanta area gained at least 12,000 jobs since last February. —The area’s trade, transportation, and utilities gained 13,400 jobs, up 2.3 percent; nationwide, this supersector rose 1.0 percent over the year. Education and health services in Atlanta added 12,700 jobs, a 3.8-percent increase which exceeded the national gain of 2.5 percent.

There was no over-the-year loss of jobs among any of the major industry supersectors for the Atlanta area ending February 2017.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in February 2017. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 7 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.7 percent. Atlanta had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.6 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at 3.5 percent. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rates of job growth at 0.6 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The New York-Newark-Jersey City area added the largest number of jobs over the year, 145,800, followed by Dallas (+119,300) and Atlanta (+95,400). Houston had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 19,300 jobs.

Education and health services had the largest employment gain in six areas—Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward. Professional and business services added the most jobs in three areas—Atlanta, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Manufacturing had the largest over-the-year losses in three areas—Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. Four areas experienced no annual job losses in any supersector—Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Metropolitan area employment data for March 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, April 21, 2017.


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 https://www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available at https://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, dated December 1, 2009. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at https://www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

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

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 https://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 https://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 Atlanta metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands), February 2017
Area and Industry
 
Feb
2016
Dec
2016
Jan
2017
Feb
2017(p)
Feb 2016 to Feb 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

141,919 146,158 143,261 144,271 2,352 1.7

Mining and logging

698 669 662 670 -28 -4.0

Construction

6,256 6,660 6,414 6,475 219 3.5

Manufacturing

12,290 12,341 12,261 12,301 11 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,727 28,090 27,235 26,992 265 1.0

Information

2,762 2,775 2,722 2,755 -7 -0.3

Financial activities

8,155 8,373 8,342 8,342 187 2.3

Professional and business services

19,609 20,521 20,088 20,207 598 3.0

Education and health services

22,505 23,023 22,707 23,064 559 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

14,889 15,394 15,027 15,175 286 1.9

Other services

5,615 5,676 5,640 5,669 54 1.0

Government

22,413 22,636 22,163 22,621 208 0.9

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,615.5 2,735.8 2,698.6 2,710.9 95.4 3.6

Mining and logging

1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.1 5.9

Construction

110.9 119.1 118.1 118.5 7.6 6.9

Manufacturing

160.9 163.5 163.1 163.4 2.5 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

581.6 614.7 599.3 595.0 13.4 2.3

Information

94.0 98.9 97.7 98.7 4.7 5.0

Financial activities

163.5 169.0 170.1 171.2 7.7 4.7

Professional and business services

480.6 506.9 497.2 502.7 22.1 4.6

Education and health services

329.9 340.3 338.0 342.6 12.7 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

268.7 288.9 284.5 286.3 17.6 6.6

Other services

95.9 98.5 97.0 96.6 0.7 0.7

Government

327.8 334.2 331.8 334.1 6.3 1.9
(p) Preliminary

 

Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Feb
2016
Dec
2016
Jan
2017
Feb
2017(p)
Feb 2016 to Feb 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,615.5 2,735.8 2,698.6 2,710.9 95.4 3.6

Mining and logging

1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.1 5.9

Construction

110.9 119.1 118.1 118.5 7.6 6.9

Manufacturing

160.9 163.5 163.1 163.4 2.5 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

581.6 614.7 599.3 595.0 13.4 2.3

Information

94.0 98.9 97.7 98.7 4.7 5.0

Financial activities

163.5 169.0 170.1 171.2 7.7 4.7

Professional and business services

480.6 506.9 497.2 502.7 22.1 4.6

Education and health services

329.9 340.3 338.0 342.6 12.7 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

268.7 288.9 284.5 286.3 17.6 6.6

Other services

95.9 98.5 97.0 96.6 0.7 0.7

Government

327.8 334.2 331.8 334.1 6.3 1.9

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,644.2 2,741.4 2,685.1 2,689.1 44.9 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

99.1 107.5 101.7 99.7 0.6 0.6

Manufacturing

186.7 187.4 185.5 185.4 -1.3 -0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

413.5 433.6 424.9 414.7 1.2 0.3

Information

77.1 78.8 78.4 78.4 1.3 1.7

Financial activities

183.7 188.6 189.2 189.1 5.4 2.9

Professional and business services

454.9 475.8 464.5 467.4 12.5 2.7

Education and health services

569.7 586.0 577.3 588.2 18.5 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

245.8 260.0 250.2 246.5 0.7 0.3

Other services

98.0 100.9 100.3 99.9 1.9 1.9

Government

315.7 322.8 313.1 319.8 4.1 1.3

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,551.8 4,683.8 4,574.2 4,592.3 40.5 0.9

Mining and logging

1.5 1.6 1.4 1.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

149.5 163.1 153.7 156.5 7.0 4.7

Manufacturing

413.1 413.1 411.3 412.4 -0.7 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

924.0 975.0 939.7 926.0 2.0 0.2

Information

79.7 81.3 80.3 80.5 0.8 1.0

Financial activities

294.5 300.5 304.4 305.7 11.2 3.8

Professional and business services

799.7 820.3 796.2 796.0 -3.7 -0.5

Education and health services

712.1 718.8 711.7 721.6 9.5 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

440.2 458.4 443.1 443.2 3.0 0.7

Other services

192.5 191.1 190.4 192.0 -0.5 -0.3

Government

545.0 560.6 542.0 556.9 11.9 2.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,447.9 3,593.6 3,557.9 3,567.2 119.3 3.5

Mining, logging, and construction

200.0 208.6 207.9 208.3 8.3 4.2

Manufacturing

264.1 266.1 265.7 265.5 1.4 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

733.2 783.0 767.4 759.3 26.1 3.6

Information

81.3 83.1 82.4 82.5 1.2 1.5

Financial activities

277.8 288.6 288.8 288.2 10.4 3.7

Professional and business services

569.2 598.5 590.2 593.3 24.1 4.2

Education and health services

426.3 435.7 436.9 439.2 12.9 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

351.6 370.0 368.5 373.2 21.6 6.1

Other services

118.0 122.6 121.5 123.8 5.8 4.9

Government

426.4 437.4 428.6 433.9 7.5 1.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,992.4 3,036.0 2,995.0 3,011.7 19.3 0.6

Mining and logging

93.9 86.3 87.7 87.3 -6.6 -7.0

Construction

219.3 214.9 213.4 216.8 -2.5 -1.1

Manufacturing

230.3 222.1 222.6 226.8 -3.5 -1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

606.6 627.3 609.9 602.1 -4.5 -0.7

Information

32.2 33.4 32.8 32.7 0.5 1.6

Financial activities

153.7 156.6 155.2 153.8 0.1 0.1

Professional and business services

467.3 472.5 466.2 468.9 1.6 0.3

Education and health services

375.7 387.5 382.7 386.4 10.7 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

304.4 313.1 310.8 315.2 10.8 3.5

Other services

107.4 107.2 107.3 106.9 -0.5 -0.5

Government

401.6 415.1 406.4 414.8 13.2 3.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,920.5 6,064.6 5,963.8 6,008.3 87.8 1.5

Mining and logging

4.3 4.0 3.9 4.0 -0.3 -7.0

Construction

226.0 228.9 222.5 229.2 3.2 1.4

Manufacturing

519.9 515.2 508.8 510.2 -9.7 -1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,074.4 1,132.4 1,096.9 1,086.0 11.6 1.1

Information

256.3 253.4 249.9 255.0 -1.3 -0.5

Financial activities

334.3 340.3 338.1 337.7 3.4 1.0

Professional and business services

893.6 911.5 898.3 910.3 16.7 1.9

Education and health services

966.1 988.1 984.2 998.0 31.9 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

703.2 730.0 709.9 718.4 15.2 2.2

Other services

201.6 206.8 207.4 208.1 6.5 3.2

Government

740.8 754.0 743.9 751.4 10.6 1.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,571.2 2,651.4 2,627.1 2,627.3 56.1 2.2

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

117.9 125.1 121.9 124.0 6.1 5.2

Manufacturing

87.6 89.3 88.7 88.4 0.8 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

587.9 614.2 601.7 596.1 8.2 1.4

Information

49.2 49.4 48.8 49.0 -0.2 -0.4

Financial activities

175.3 176.3 174.6 174.1 -1.2 -0.7

Professional and business services

419.1 434.0 428.6 429.0 9.9 2.4

Education and health services

377.0 389.4 388.9 392.2 15.2 4.0

Leisure and hospitality

324.0 331.9 332.5 330.8 6.8 2.1

Other services

124.0 128.4 128.5 128.6 4.6 3.7

Government

308.5 312.7 312.2 314.4 5.9 1.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,327.6 9,697.0 9,427.3 9,473.4 145.8 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

357.2 380.9 365.2 363.0 5.8 1.6

Manufacturing

365.9 363.5 357.1 362.8 -3.1 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,693.4 1,798.6 1,735.2 1,707.9 14.5 0.9

Information

281.2 291.8 283.9 285.1 3.9 1.4

Financial activities

763.7 770.1 768.0 769.1 5.4 0.7

Professional and business services

1,471.6 1,547.1 1,501.9 1,507.7 36.1 2.5

Education and health services

1,853.3 1,924.9 1,881.2 1,917.5 64.2 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

832.7 879.8 841.8 843.3 10.6 1.3

Other services

409.5 418.3 411.8 411.7 2.2 0.5

Government

1,299.1 1,322.0 1,281.2 1,305.3 6.2 0.5

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,811.3 2,933.6 2,859.5 2,876.3 65.0 2.3

Mining, logging, and construction

104.9 112.6 107.8 109.7 4.8 4.6

Manufacturing

177.9 178.5 177.0 178.0 0.1 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

511.8 546.5 527.9 520.3 8.5 1.7

Information

46.2 46.9 46.1 46.2 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

209.4 214.4 212.5 211.5 2.1 1.0

Professional and business services

447.4 467.6 455.6 455.3 7.9 1.8

Education and health services

618.1 644.7 630.8 647.5 29.4 4.8

Leisure and hospitality

240.8 258.0 247.3 247.2 6.4 2.7

Other services

116.7 119.9 118.7 118.6 1.9 1.6

Government

338.1 344.5 335.8 342.0 3.9 1.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,961.4 2,032.6 1,990.9 2,010.7 49.3 2.5

Mining and logging

3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

102.3 104.7 103.9 104.4 2.1 2.1

Manufacturing

120.9 122.2 121.6 122.1 1.2 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

380.6 403.4 391.0 387.6 7.0 1.8

Information

36.5 35.8 35.4 35.9 -0.6 -1.6

Financial activities

171.5 180.0 179.5 180.7 9.2 5.4

Professional and business services

332.9 355.0 341.3 343.0 10.1 3.0

Education and health services

290.0 299.1 296.2 298.7 8.7 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

216.0 221.4 221.0 225.8 9.8 4.5

Other services

64.3 62.6 60.9 61.9 -2.4 -3.7

Government

243.2 245.2 236.9 247.4 4.2 1.7

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,304.1 2,392.9 2,345.5 2,354.5 50.4 2.2

Mining and logging

0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.0 0.0

Construction

108.8 114.2 112.2 113.3 4.5 4.1

Manufacturing

130.5 132.6 131.3 130.6 0.1 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

370.3 395.1 378.3 375.1 4.8 1.3

Information

96.1 102.2 100.2 99.6 3.5 3.6

Financial activities

139.8 146.0 144.8 145.3 5.5 3.9

Professional and business services

463.4 478.8 469.1 469.7 6.3 1.4

Education and health services

335.4 344.6 342.2 346.9 11.5 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

260.4 267.8 260.9 264.9 4.5 1.7

Other services

83.9 86.2 84.6 85.5 1.6 1.9

Government

314.6 324.5 321.0 322.7 8.1 2.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,174.1 3,269.8 3,218.2 3,236.5 62.4 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

150.1 153.4 152.4 150.9 0.8 0.5

Manufacturing

53.0 54.1 52.6 52.8 -0.2 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

395.8 420.0 404.8 401.4 5.6 1.4

Information

75.4 72.0 71.1 72.2 -3.2 -4.2

Financial activities

154.8 155.9 154.9 156.0 1.2 0.8

Professional and business services

722.5 745.1 738.4 742.1 19.6 2.7

Education and health services

434.7 440.9 437.3 444.7 10.0 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

301.9 324.9 316.6 319.7 17.8 5.9

Other services

191.7 196.0 192.6 194.7 3.0 1.6

Government

694.2 707.5 697.5 702.0 7.8 1.1
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2017