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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — May 2019

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,780,000 in May 2019, up 107,000 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From May 2018 to May 2019, local nonfarm employment rose 2.9 percent compared to the national rate of 1.5 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked second in both the number of jobs added over the year and the annual rate of job growth. (See chart 3 and table 2; 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.)

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 72 percent of the area’s workforce, added 89,400 jobs from May a year ago, an increase of 3.4 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 28 percent of the area’s workforce, added 17,600 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 1.7 percent.

Industry employment

Professional and business services added 27,400 jobs in the area from May 2018 to May 2019, the largest gain of any local supersector. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area’s 4.5-percent annual rate of job growth in this supersector compared to the U.S. increase of 2.3 percent. (See chart 2.) All of the area’s supersector growth occurred in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division which added 28,900 jobs; Fort Worth-Arlington lost 1,500 jobs over the year.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 19,300 jobs from May 2018. The 2.5-percent rate of local job growth was five times the national gain of 0.5 percent. Locally, employment rose in all three sub-sectors: transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+8,100); wholesale trade (+7,800); and retail trade (+3,400). Both metropolitan divisions added jobs over the year.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington added 13,900 jobs in leisure and hospitality from May 2018 to May 2019. The local 3.6-percent annual growth rate compared to the national increase of 2.5 percent. All of the job growth occurred in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division.

Employment was up 10,500 over the year in education and health services in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. The area’s 2.3-percent rate of job growth compared to the U.S. rate of 2.5 percent. Local employment growth in hospitals has slowed substantially since early 2017.

Financial activities added 10,400 jobs from May 2018 to May 2019. The local 3.5-percent rate of annual growth compared to the national rate of 1.1 percent. Locally, the employment rose at a faster pace in Fort Worth-Arlington than Dallas-Plano-Irving, up 5.0 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively.

Four other local sectors had annual job gains ranging from 9,500 to 4,600 from May 2018 to May 2019: mining, logging, and construction (+9,500), manufacturing (+8,400), government (+5,900), and other services (+4,600).

Information was the only local supersector to post a job loss over the year, down 2,900.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 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 average of 1.5 percent. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.2 percent, followed by Dallas at 2.9 percent. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua had the slowest rate of job growth, 0.6 percent, followed by Washington-Arlington-Alexandria at 0.8 percent. (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-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, 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, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


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 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.

For some employment series, the sample of establishments is very small or highly variable. In these cases, a model-based approach is used in estimation. These models use the direct sample estimates (described above), combined with forecasts of historical (benchmarked) data to decrease volatility in estimation. Two different models (Fay-Herriot Model and Small Domain Model) are used depending on the industry level being estimated. For more detailed information about each model, refer to the BLS Handbook of Methods.

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 for the total nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.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 at the supersector level and for the private service-providing, goods-producing, total private and total nonfarm levels are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/web/laus/benchmark.pdf.

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

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties in Texas.

The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division includes Hood, Johnson, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

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 CES program are also available in the above mentioned news releases and from the BLS website 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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 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

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

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

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

2,615.4 2,681.1 2,697.9 2,704.8 89.4 3.4

Mining, logging, and construction

143.8 149.1 152.7 152.0 8.2 5.7

Manufacturing

178.4 182.0 182.7 182.9 4.5 2.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

518.0 527.6 527.9 529.2 11.2 2.2

Information

72.2 71.6 70.5 69.7 -2.5 -3.5

Financial activities

239.1 243.8 246.4 246.5 7.4 3.1

Professional and business services

497.5 519.0 522.2 526.4 28.9 5.8

Education and health services

313.3 316.7 320.4 321.0 7.7 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

265.0 275.0 279.3 279.0 14.0 5.3

Other services

84.2 88.6 88.5 89.0 4.8 5.7

Government

303.9 307.7 307.3 309.1 5.2 1.7

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,057.6 1,067.9 1,070.1 1,075.2 17.6 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

74.7 73.2 75.0 76.0 1.3 1.7

Manufacturing

97.3 101.2 100.9 101.2 3.9 4.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

257.1 264.9 265.6 265.2 8.1 3.2

Information

11.4 10.9 11.0 11.0 -0.4 -3.5

Financial activities

60.5 63.4 63.3 63.5 3.0 5.0

Professional and business services

115.9 112.4 114.6 114.4 -1.5 -1.3

Education and health services

137.3 138.4 137.8 140.1 2.8 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

123.0 122.7 122.2 122.9 -0.1 -0.1

Other services

39.4 38.8 38.8 39.2 -0.2 -0.5

Government

141.0 142.0 140.9 141.7 0.7 0.5

(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

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Last Modified Date: Tuesday, July 02, 2019