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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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Miami Area Employment – May 2019

Local Rate of Employment Growth Above the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,731,900 in May 2019, up 54,300, or 2.0 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national job count increased 1.5 percent. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Miami area has had over-the-year employment gains exceeding 50,000 each month since January 2019. (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.)

The Miami area is made up of three metropolitan divisions—separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area. All three divisions gained jobs over the year. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, the largest of the three divisions with 45 percent of the area’s employment, added 28,300 jobs from May a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Division, which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, gained 11,200 jobs, while the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach Division added 14,800 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Miami’s education and health services had the largest over-the-year increase in the local area in May 2019, adding 17,100 jobs, a 4.3-percent rate of job growth. All three metropolitan divisions gained jobs in this industry from May 2018, with the largest increase in the Miami metropolitan division (+9,600). Nationally, employment in education and health services was up 2.5 percent over the year. (See chart 2.)

In the Miami area, professional and business services added 14,800 jobs, a 3.3-percent gain over the 12-month period. All three metropolitan divisions gained jobs in this sector from May 2018 to May 2019. Nationally, the rate of job growth in professional and health services was up 2.3 percent

Two other supersectors gained at least 5,000 jobs over the year in the local area. Leisure and hospitality added 7,300 jobs, a 2.2-percent increase. Construction employment in Miami increased by 5,100 jobs, a 3.7-percent increase. Nationally, employment in leisure and hospitality was up 2.5 percent, and employment in construction was up 2.8 percent since May 2018.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in May 2019. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 6 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.5 percent. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.2 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+2.9 percent). Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (+0.6 percent) and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (+0.8 percent) had the slowest rates of job growth. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 114,000, followed by Dallas with 107,000 jobs. Boston had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 15,400 jobs, followed by Washington with 25,000 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining eight metropolitan areas ranged from 79,800 in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land to 34,700 in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in five areas: Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Professional business services also added the most jobs in five areas: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim had equally large job gains in both of these supersectors.

The information sector recorded the largest employment loss in four areas since May 2018: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Miami. The financial activities sector lost the most jobs in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington. Phoenix was the only area to experience annual employment gains in all reporting supersectors since May 2018.

Metropolitan area employment data for June 2019 are scheduled to be released on Friday, July 19, 2019.


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 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. CES State and Area employment data are produced using several estimation procedures. Where possible these data are produced using a "weighted link relative" estimation technique in which a ratio of current-month weighted employment to that of the previous-month weighted employment is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are then obtained by multiplying these ratios by the previous month's employment estimates. The weighted link relative technique is utilized for data series where the sample size meets certain statistical criteria.

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 the total private employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/sae/additional-resources/reliability-of-state-and-area-estimates.htm. Measures of sampling error for more detailed series at the area and division level are available upon request. Measures of sampling error for states down to the supersector level are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/additional-resources/reliability-of-state-and-area-estimates.htm. Measures of nonsampling error are not available for the areas contained in this release. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/sae/publications/benchmark-article/annual-benchmark-article.pdf.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on April 10, 2018. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach in Florida.

  • The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division includes Broward County in Florida.
  • The Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division includes Miami-Dade County in Florida
  • The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division includes Palm Beach County in Florida.

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 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/.

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 Miami metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry May
2018
Mar
2019
Apr
2019
May
2019(p)
May 2018 to May 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

149,360 149,864 150,942 151,629 2,269 1.5

Mining and logging

725 746 747 751 26 3.6

Construction

7,336 7,174 7,379 7,539 203 2.8

Manufacturing

12,636 12,778 12,782 12,821 185 1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,541 27,491 27,562 27,686 145 0.5

Information

2,826 2,803 2,795 2,782 -44 -1.6

Financial activities

8,541 8,590 8,605 8,632 91 1.1

Professional and business services

20,941 21,067 21,343 21,422 481 2.3

Education and health services

23,646 24,208 24,316 24,234 588 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

16,552 16,260 16,561 16,969 417 2.5

Other services

5,866 5,877 5,923 5,955 89 1.5

Government

22,750 22,870 22,929 22,838 88 0.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,677.6 2,733.7 2,735.5 2,731.9 54.3 2.0

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

136.3 139.9 140.9 141.4 5.1 3.7

Manufacturing

89.3 90.2 91.0 91.4 2.1 2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

604.1 610.4 608.3 607.2 3.1 0.5

Information

50.8 51.1 50.4 50.5 -0.3 -0.6

Financial activities

183.7 185.8 185.4 186.4 2.7 1.5

Professional and business services

443.4 460.4 460.7 458.2 14.8 3.3

Education and health services

399.4 412.1 415.0 416.5 17.1 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

330.5 338.1 339.1 337.8 7.3 2.2

Other services

123.6 125.9 126.6 124.9 1.3 1.1

Government

315.8 319.1 317.4 316.9 1.1 0.3

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,194.1 1,221.7 1,221.3 1,222.4 28.3 2.4

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

51.4 54.2 54.3 54.5 3.1 6.0

Manufacturing

41.5 40.8 41.5 41.9 0.4 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

296.5 300.0 300.4 299.9 3.4 1.1

Information

19.6 20.1 19.9 20.0 0.4 2.0

Financial activities

81.1 80.4 80.5 81.1 0.0 0.0

Professional and business services

178.5 185.3 184.1 183.6 5.1 2.9

Education and health services

186.5 192.3 193.3 196.1 9.6 5.1

Leisure and hospitality

143.9 148.9 148.6 148.3 4.4 3.1

Other services

51.6 53.5 53.6 52.9 1.3 2.5

Government

143.0 145.7 144.6 143.6 0.6 0.4

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

853.0 863.2 865.2 864.2 11.2 1.3

Construction

48.1 47.6 48.4 48.3 0.2 0.4

Manufacturing

27.8 28.2 28.4 28.5 0.7 2.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

190.7 191.6 190.8 190.8 0.1 0.1

Information

20.1 20.2 20.0 20.1 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

61.0 62.4 61.9 62.1 1.1 1.8

Professional and business services

151.4 155.8 156.8 157.4 6.0 4.0

Education and health services

111.4 115.3 116.3 115.5 4.1 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

97.0 95.6 96.2 95.5 -1.5 -1.5

Other services

38.4 39.9 40.4 39.4 1.0 2.6

Government

107.0 106.5 105.9 106.5 -0.5 -0.5

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

630.5 648.8 649.0 645.3 14.8 2.3

Construction

36.8 38.1 38.2 38.6 1.8 4.9

Manufacturing

20.0 21.2 21.1 21.0 1.0 5.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

116.9 118.8 117.1 116.5 -0.4 -0.3

Information

11.1 10.8 10.5 10.4 -0.7 -6.3

Financial activities

41.6 43.0 43.0 43.2 1.6 3.8

Professional and business services

113.5 119.3 119.8 117.2 3.7 3.3

Education and health services

101.5 104.5 105.4 104.9 3.4 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

89.6 93.6 94.3 94.0 4.4 4.9

Other services

33.6 32.5 32.6 32.6 -1.0 -3.0

Government

65.8 66.9 66.9 66.8 1.0 1.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry May
2018
Mar
2019
Apr
2019
May
2019(p)
May 2018 to May 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,783.5 2,821.1 2,826.3 2,835.9 52.4 1.9

Mining and logging

1.6 1.5 1.5 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

125.0 130.9 132.2 133.6 8.6 6.9

Manufacturing

171.7 172.8 172.7 172.3 0.6 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

599.8 608.3 606.1 606.3 6.5 1.1

Information

97.9 95.2 94.9 95.7 -2.2 -2.2

Financial activities

173.8 174.0 173.0 173.0 -0.8 -0.5

Professional and business services

518.0 530.8 535.0 536.0 18.0 3.5

Education and health services

353.2 364.1 365.5 365.2 12.0 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

303.2 306.5 308.4 314.3 11.1 3.7

Other services

100.9 97.6 97.6 98.5 -2.4 -2.4

Government

338.4 339.4 339.4 339.4 1.0 0.3

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,784.6 2,747.9 2,782.5 2,800.0 15.4 0.6

Mining, logging, and construction

119.1 111.8 117.6 120.4 1.3 1.1

Manufacturing

187.7 186.9 186.6 187.5 -0.2 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

424.0 419.2 419.3 421.2 -2.8 -0.7

Information

79.8 81.6 81.5 81.6 1.8 2.3

Financial activities

184.2 182.2 182.2 182.9 -1.3 -0.7

Professional and business services

498.9 494.7 504.5 506.5 7.6 1.5

Education and health services

585.4 593.2 598.0 593.1 7.7 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

282.7 256.0 267.7 280.8 -1.9 -0.7

Other services

104.8 102.7 104.8 105.1 0.3 0.3

Government

318.0 319.6 320.3 320.9 2.9 0.9

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,751.1 4,712.9 4,774.7 4,816.1 65.0 1.4

Mining and logging

1.7 1.5 1.5 1.6 -0.1 -5.9

Construction

182.8 166.2 178.1 182.5 -0.3 -0.2

Manufacturing

421.1 424.7 423.8 426.4 5.3 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

945.9 945.8 949.0 955.0 9.1 1.0

Information

77.3 74.0 73.5 73.2 -4.1 -5.3

Financial activities

308.8 311.5 311.7 312.0 3.2 1.0

Professional and business services

827.6 818.8 842.6 845.9 18.3 2.2

Education and health services

735.0 748.2 751.4 752.6 17.6 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

499.2 475.6 494.7 511.2 12.0 2.4

Other services

199.1 197.5 198.8 200.4 1.3 0.7

Government

552.6 549.1 549.6 555.3 2.7 0.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,673.0 3,749.0 3,768.0 3,780.0 107.0 2.9

Mining, logging, and construction

218.5 222.3 227.7 228.0 9.5 4.3

Manufacturing

275.7 283.2 283.6 284.1 8.4 3.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

775.1 792.5 793.5 794.4 19.3 2.5

Information

83.6 82.5 81.5 80.7 -2.9 -3.5

Financial activities

299.6 307.2 309.7 310.0 10.4 3.5

Professional and business services

613.4 631.4 636.8 640.8 27.4 4.5

Education and health services

450.6 455.1 458.2 461.1 10.5 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

388.0 397.7 401.5 401.9 13.9 3.6

Other services

123.6 127.4 127.3 128.2 4.6 3.7

Government

444.9 449.7 448.2 450.8 5.9 1.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,083.8 3,133.8 3,151.5 3,163.6 79.8 2.6

Mining and logging

78.3 83.5 84.4 84.9 6.6 8.4

Construction

221.7 221.5 224.2 226.8 5.1 2.3

Manufacturing

226.7 241.5 240.9 240.3 13.6 6.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

620.4 621.2 622.3 622.4 2.0 0.3

Information

31.7 31.0 30.7 30.6 -1.1 -3.5

Financial activities

164.0 164.4 164.1 164.3 0.3 0.2

Professional and business services

489.6 505.5 510.5 513.7 24.1 4.9

Education and health services

392.6 401.4 404.2 403.2 10.6 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

329.3 325.0 332.1 335.1 5.8 1.8

Other services

112.3 116.7 117.0 119.1 6.8 6.1

Government

417.2 422.1 421.1 423.2 6.0 1.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,151.0 6,194.4 6,216.1 6,228.5 77.5 1.3

Mining and logging

2.4 2.5 2.5 2.5 0.1 4.2

Construction

250.6 251.1 256.2 259.2 8.6 3.4

Manufacturing

503.7 504.0 503.1 503.1 -0.6 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,103.0 1,105.2 1,104.0 1,103.0 0.0 0.0

Information

233.9 242.2 240.6 233.6 -0.3 -0.1

Financial activities

342.7 334.2 336.4 337.4 -5.3 -1.5

Professional and business services

925.2 948.0 943.0 946.6 21.4 2.3

Education and health services

1,051.1 1,070.5 1,075.6 1,072.5 21.4 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

762.7 756.0 771.2 783.2 20.5 2.7

Other services

211.4 213.7 214.6 215.4 4.0 1.9

Government

764.3 767.0 768.9 772.0 7.7 1.0

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,677.6 2,733.7 2,735.5 2,731.9 54.3 2.0

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

136.3 139.9 140.9 141.4 5.1 3.7

Manufacturing

89.3 90.2 91.0 91.4 2.1 2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

604.1 610.4 608.3 607.2 3.1 0.5

Information

50.8 51.1 50.4 50.5 -0.3 -0.6

Financial activities

183.7 185.8 185.4 186.4 2.7 1.5

Professional and business services

443.4 460.4 460.7 458.2 14.8 3.3

Education and health services

399.4 412.1 415.0 416.5 17.1 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

330.5 338.1 339.1 337.8 7.3 2.2

Other services

123.6 125.9 126.6 124.9 1.3 1.1

Government

315.8 319.1 317.4 316.9 1.1 0.3

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

Total nonfarm

9,868.4 9,845.7 9,917.8 9,982.4 114.0 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

413.6 407.5 420.2 424.8 11.2 2.7

Manufacturing

361.9 362.9 363.2 363.3 1.4 0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,734.5 1,721.9 1,718.3 1,729.3 -5.2 -0.3

Information

289.9 293.6 291.9 289.8 -0.1 0.0

Financial activities

776.7 768.4 768.9 770.4 -6.3 -0.8

Professional and business services

1,572.4 1,559.8 1,576.7 1,581.8 9.4 0.6

Education and health services

2,000.1 2,062.8 2,072.0 2,071.6 71.5 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

954.2 903.9 933.9 973.8 19.6 2.1

Other services

427.5 427.1 430.5 434.3 6.8 1.6

Government

1,337.6 1,337.8 1,342.2 1,343.3 5.7 0.4

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

Total nonfarm

2,948.3 2,947.6 2,974.2 2,983.0 34.7 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

118.4 118.2 123.2 126.0 7.6 6.4

Manufacturing

181.3 181.5 181.7 181.7 0.4 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

522.7 514.9 515.9 518.8 -3.9 -0.7

Information

48.6 47.7 47.8 48.2 -0.4 -0.8

Financial activities

216.0 215.2 214.6 215.5 -0.5 -0.2

Professional and business services

467.9 464.8 473.9 475.3 7.4 1.6

Education and health services

655.2 673.0 674.7 667.5 12.3 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

278.3 266.6 275.6 284.4 6.1 2.2

Other services

121.8 121.5 122.6 123.5 1.7 1.4

Government

338.1 344.2 344.2 342.1 4.0 1.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,094.5 2,160.1 2,166.5 2,161.0 66.5 3.2

Mining and logging

3.5 3.7 3.7 3.6 0.1 2.9

Construction

122.1 134.9 137.8 137.2 15.1 12.4

Manufacturing

126.2 131.1 132.2 133.8 7.6 6.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

398.5 407.5 407.6 406.5 8.0 2.0

Information

39.0 39.0 39.1 39.5 0.5 1.3

Financial activities

191.7 192.1 191.0 192.2 0.5 0.3

Professional and business services

348.9 361.7 362.1 361.7 12.8 3.7

Education and health services

322.2 337.6 339.1 339.4 17.2 5.3

Leisure and hospitality

231.6 236.1 236.1 233.7 2.1 0.9

Other services

69.7 69.8 70.3 71.0 1.3 1.9

Government

241.1 246.6 247.5 242.4 1.3 0.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,436.1 2,478.6 2,489.1 2,502.5 66.4 2.7

Mining and logging

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

124.4 129.6 131.3 135.3 10.9 8.8

Manufacturing

144.0 143.2 143.7 143.3 -0.7 -0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

374.3 376.8 376.0 376.5 2.2 0.6

Information

113.7 119.7 119.9 120.8 7.1 6.2

Financial activities

140.9 142.6 143.7 144.6 3.7 2.6

Professional and business services

489.4 506.8 507.0 509.5 20.1 4.1

Education and health services

356.7 367.0 369.8 368.8 12.1 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

276.7 278.0 281.1 286.0 9.3 3.4

Other services

88.5 87.1 87.7 87.7 -0.8 -0.9

Government

327.2 327.5 328.6 329.7 2.5 0.8

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

Total nonfarm

3,314.7 3,309.4 3,326.9 3,339.7 25.0 0.8

Mining, logging, and construction

160.0 156.5 158.7 160.5 0.5 0.3

Manufacturing

55.3 55.0 54.8 55.3 0.0 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

405.1 397.5 397.1 402.9 -2.2 -0.5

Information

74.8 74.3 73.8 73.0 -1.8 -2.4

Financial activities

159.3 154.4 156.4 155.7 -3.6 -2.3

Professional and business services

760.3 768.6 772.3 771.3 11.0 1.4

Education and health services

440.3 448.7 449.2 447.7 7.4 1.7

Leisure and hospitality

341.2 338.8 346.2 353.4 12.2 3.6

Other services

208.7 207.6 208.9 208.8 0.1 0.0

Government

709.7 708.0 709.5 711.1 1.4 0.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, July 03, 2019