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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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Atlanta Area Employment – February 2015

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,541,000 in February 2015, an increase of 110,900 or 4.6 percent, from a 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 and a half years. Nationally, nonfarm employment increased 2.4 percent from February 2014 to February 2015. (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.)

 Chart 1. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year percent change in the United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, February 2010–February 2015

Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, professional and business services recorded the largest employment gain from February 2014 to February 2015, adding 24,200 jobs. The area’s 5.5-percent growth in professional and business services employment was larger than the nationwide increase of 3.6 percent. (See chart 2.)

Trade, transportation, and utilities had the second largest increase in jobs locally, increasing by 24,100 from the previous February. Employment in this supersector grew 4.5 percent in Atlanta compared to 2.5 percent for the nation.

 Chart 2. Total nonfarm and selected industry supersector employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, February 2015

Two other supersectors in the Atlanta area gained at least 15,000 jobs from February 2014 to February 2015. Employment in leisure and hospitality increased 7.5 percent, adding 18,200 jobs, while education and health services grew 5.2 percent, or 15,600, over the previous year. The local rates of employment gain in these supersectors were more than double those for the nation.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in February 2015. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 7 exceeding the national average of 2.4 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Atlanta, up 4.6 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, up 4.1 percent. The slowest rate of expansion occurred in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, up 1.4 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

 Chart 3. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and 12 largest metropolitan areas, February 2015

The New York-Newark-Jersey City area added the largest number of jobs, 162,300, since February 2014. Employment in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Dallas, and Atlanta increased by over 100,000. Boston experienced the smallest gain, adding 34,400 jobs over the 12-month period.

Education and health services registered the largest over-the-year employment gains in 5 of the 12 metropolitan areas from February a year ago—Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Professional and business services added the most jobs in in Atlanta, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward.

Manufacturing recorded the largest over-the-year loss of jobs in five areas—Boston, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix. Atlanta, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, and Miami experienced no annual job losses in any sector.

Metropolitan area employment data for March 2015 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data

Effective with the release of January 2015 data, nonfarm payroll employment estimates for states, metropolitan areas, and metropolitan divisions were revised to reflect 2014 benchmark levels. For more information on benchmark procedures, see http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cesbmart.htm.

Revised metropolitan area and metropolitan division delineations were also implemented with the release of January 2015 data. The revised delineations were issued by the Office of Management and Budget for solely statistical purposes through Bulletin No. 13-01 on February 28, 2013, based on the application of updated statistical standards to U.S. Census Bureau population and journey-to-work data.

Note that Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz., replaces Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich., in the 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas discussion based on annual estimates of population change by the U.S. Census Bureau. For further information, see http://www.census.gov/popest/data/metro/totals/2013/index.html.


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

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on February 28, 2013. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at 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 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 Atlanta metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Feb
2014
Dec
2014
Jan
2015
Feb
2015 (P)
Change from Feb
2014 to Feb 2015 (P)
Number Percent

United States

 

Total nonfarm

136,257 141,484 138,663 139,566 3,309 2.4

Mining and logging

860 912 893 880 20 2.3

Construction

5,612 6,175 5,926 5,935 323 5.8

Manufacturing

12,019 12,302 12,214 12,235 216 1.8

Trade transportation and utilities

25,743 27,402 26,540 26,384 641 2.5

Information

2,707 2,775 2,737 2,770 63 2.3

Financial activities

7,879 8,059 8,018 8,029 150 1.9

Professional and business services

18,562 19,519 19,112 19,228 666 3.6

Education and health services

21,374 21,893 21,634 21,916 542 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

13,908 14,597 14,274 14,415 507 3.6

Other services

5,483 5,589 5,550 5,573 90 1.6

Government

22,110 22,261 21,765 22,201 91 0.4

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,430.1 2,566.7 2,528.8 2,541.0 110.9 4.6

Mining and logging

1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

95.7 102.3 100.4 103.4 7.7 8.0

Manufacturing

149.8 153.5 153.9 153.6 3.8 2.5

Trade transportation and utilities

539.2 582.2 565.9 563.3 24.1 4.5

Information

87.9 89.6 87.8 88.4 0.5 0.6

Financial activities

156.6 163.0 163.6 163.5 6.9 4.4

Professional and business services

443.1 472.5 462.6 467.3 24.2 5.5

Education and health services

300.9 313.9 313.6 316.5 15.6 5.2

Leisure and hospitality

241.6 264.1 258.2 259.8 18.2 7.5

Other services

92.3 96.3 96.0 95.6 3.3 3.6

Government

321.7 328.0 325.5 328.3 6.6 2.1

(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
2014
Dec
2014
Jan
2015
Feb
2015 (P)
Change from Feb
2014 to Feb 2015 (P)
Number Percent

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,430.1 2,566.7 2,528.8 2,541.0 110.9 4.6

Mining and logging

1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

95.7 102.3 100.4 103.4 7.7 8.0

Manufacturing

149.8 153.5 153.9 153.6 3.8 2.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

539.2 582.2 565.9 563.3 24.1 4.5

Information

87.9 89.6 87.8 88.4 0.5 0.6

Financial activities

156.6 163.0 163.6 163.5 6.9 4.4

Professional and business services

443.1 472.5 462.6 467.3 24.2 5.5

Education and health services

300.9 313.9 313.6 316.5 15.6 5.2

Leisure and hospitality

241.6 264.1 258.2 259.8 18.2 7.5

Other services

92.3 96.3 96.0 95.6 3.3 3.6

Government

321.7 328.0 325.5 328.3 6.6 2.1

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,531.5 2,629.8 2,569.1 2,565.9 34.4 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

83.8 95.4 89.0 86.4 2.6 3.1

Manufacturing

191.4 192.5 191.9 190.7 -0.7 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

402.9 429.3 414.6 404.4 1.5 0.4

Information

74.1 76.1 75.1 76.0 1.9 2.6

Financial activities

170.7 173.7 173.0 172.7 2.0 1.2

Professional and business services

428.8 446.4 438.3 437.9 9.1 2.1

Education and health services

537.2 551.0 540.6 547.3 10.1 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

230.8 245.1 233.6 230.8 0.0 0.0

Other services

96.8 100.9 100.5 99.4 2.6 2.7

Government

315.0 319.4 312.5 320.3 5.3 1.7

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,385.6 4,563.5 4,439.4 4,455.3 69.7 1.6

Mining and logging

1.2 1.4 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

132.1 153.0 136.8 138.0 5.9 4.5

Manufacturing

407.2 411.4 406.6 406.1 -1.1 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

883.9 944.1 906.8 900.5 16.6 1.9

Information

78.9 81.0 80.6 80.0 1.1 1.4

Financial activities

286.1 288.4 285.9 285.8 -0.3 -0.1

Professional and business services

768.7 803.5 778.3 784.2 15.5 2.0

Education and health services

684.3 699.7 691.1 696.8 12.5 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

409.4 431.1 417.2 418.9 9.5 2.3

Other services

190.9 192.8 191.6 191.5 0.6 0.3

Government

542.9 557.1 543.3 552.3 9.4 1.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,199.8 3,359.3 3,316.7 3,332.2 132.4 4.1

Mining, logging, and construction

184.9 199.2 198.7 201.5 16.6 9.0

Manufacturing

260.4 263.0 263.4 262.7 2.3 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

664.1 714.5 697.0 695.2 31.1 4.7

Information

81.9 81.5 81.9 81.7 -0.2 -0.2

Financial activities

261.4 272.2 269.5 271.4 10.0 3.8

Professional and business services

518.4 554.2 547.1 545.6 27.2 5.2

Education and health services

394.6 413.6 410.3 410.7 16.1 4.1

Leisure and hospitality

317.7 334.3 329.6 335.8 18.1 5.7

Other services

114.0 115.4 113.5 115.5 1.5 1.3

Government

402.4 411.4 405.7 412.1 9.7 2.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,869.7 2,992.6 2,945.6 2,966.4 96.7 3.4

Mining and logging

107.7 115.5 113.5 113.5 5.8 5.4

Construction

196.9 208.8 204.9 205.8 8.9 4.5

Manufacturing

251.8 258.7 255.7 253.7 1.9 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

584.6 620.1 602.8 603.6 19.0 3.3

Information

33.0 32.6 32.7 33.3 0.3 0.9

Financial activities

145.9 149.3 147.3 148.2 2.3 1.6

Professional and business services

450.3 470.4 465.5 465.0 14.7 3.3

Education and health services

344.9 359.2 357.6 361.0 16.1 4.7

Leisure and hospitality

274.4 290.0 285.8 291.2 16.8 6.1

Other services

102.1 104.3 103.6 103.7 1.6 1.6

Government

378.1 383.7 376.2 387.4 9.3 2.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,649.1 5,853.1 5,761.5 5,801.5 152.4 2.7

Mining and logging

5.3 5.3 5.2 5.2 -0.1 -1.9

Construction

196.3 204.9 203.0 206.6 10.3 5.2

Manufacturing

524.3 524.7 521.5 523.1 -1.2 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,038.8 1,102.3 1,072.1 1,062.7 23.9 2.3

Information

220.7 224.3 214.9 223.9 3.2 1.4

Financial activities

321.0 328.0 326.8 328.0 7.0 2.2

Professional and business services

872.0 900.9 885.2 892.6 20.6 2.4

Education and health services

931.2 967.1 952.8 967.4 36.2 3.9

Leisure and hospitality

637.4 666.4 660.5 663.9 26.5 4.2

Other services

194.8 202.4 201.8 203.1 8.3 4.3

Government

707.3 726.8 717.7 725.0 17.7 2.5

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,401.5 2,500.3 2,473.0 2,490.8 89.3 3.7

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

96.5 106.4 104.2 105.7 9.2 9.5

Manufacturing

80.1 82.0 80.9 81.9 1.8 2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

558.3 588.6 579.4 576.1 17.8 3.2

Information

47.5 48.6 48.0 48.3 0.8 1.7

Financial activities

166.2 173.9 172.2 172.5 6.3 3.8

Professional and business services

380.7 402.8 395.6 401.1 20.4 5.4

Education and health services

352.4 367.5 363.6 367.8 15.4 4.4

Leisure and hospitality

297.3 305.7 303.4 308.5 11.2 3.8

Other services

116.0 120.3 121.1 121.5 5.5 4.7

Government

305.9 303.9 304.0 306.8 0.9 0.3

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

 

Total nonfarm

8,919.6 9,312.8 9,049.7 9,081.9 162.3 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

309.9 352.4 328.0 319.9 10.0 3.2

Manufacturing

369.0 367.8 364.0 362.3 -6.7 -1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,651.1 1,769.0 1,701.9 1,681.7 30.6 1.9

Information

282.2 283.6 279.6 283.7 1.5 0.5

Financial activities

745.3 752.7 747.8 749.3 4.0 0.5

Professional and business services

1,388.5 1,457.9 1,412.8 1,420.9 32.4 2.3

Education and health services

1,710.3 1,776.9 1,745.1 1,763.2 52.9 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

780.8 833.2 792.2 798.3 17.5 2.2

Other services

392.9 408.9 405.9 405.6 12.7 3.2

Government

1,289.6 1,310.4 1,272.4 1,297.0 7.4 0.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,727.0 2,831.2 2,766.2 2,780.6 53.6 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

94.0 107.1 103.5 103.2 9.2 9.8

Manufacturing

178.7 181.0 180.0 179.3 0.6 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

502.6 533.5 516.8 511.7 9.1 1.8

Information

46.4 46.4 45.5 45.5 -0.9 -1.9

Financial activities

201.5 205.0 206.1 205.2 3.7 1.8

Professional and business services

431.1 452.7 438.6 438.6 7.5 1.7

Education and health services

586.7 602.0 592.5 602.2 15.5 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

229.1 242.0 233.6 236.7 7.6 3.3

Other services

115.1 119.1 117.4 118.9 3.8 3.3

Government

341.8 342.4 332.2 339.3 -2.5 -0.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,842.2 1,912.5 1,881.2 1,903.6 61.4 3.3

Mining and logging

3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 -0.1 -2.9

Construction

94.4 96.7 97.4 98.3 3.9 4.1

Manufacturing

118.1 117.4 116.2 116.7 -1.4 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

360.0 383.7 370.5 370.1 10.1 2.8

Information

33.8 34.9 34.1 34.6 0.8 2.4

Financial activities

161.5 165.9 164.4 166.0 4.5 2.8

Professional and business services

301.0 320.9 315.0 317.0 16.0 5.3

Education and health services

265.5 278.3 276.8 277.9 12.4 4.7

Leisure and hospitality

200.0 202.7 202.0 205.9 5.9 3.0

Other services

63.8 66.3 68.1 69.3 5.5 8.6

Government

240.7 242.4 233.4 244.5 3.8 1.6

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,141.2 2,244.2 2,205.0 2,217.2 76.0 3.5

Mining and logging

0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 -0.1 -11.1

Construction

96.2 100.7 100.8 101.2 5.0 5.2

Manufacturing

118.7 122.6 122.3 122.3 3.6 3.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

347.9 372.8 357.7 353.3 5.4 1.6

Information

75.6 80.0 79.6 80.0 4.4 5.8

Financial activities

126.2 128.7 128.1 128.1 1.9 1.5

Professional and business services

430.8 461.9 457.1 461.4 30.6 7.1

Education and health services

323.1 328.8 324.3 328.1 5.0 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

239.7 256.8 246.7 251.1 11.4 4.8

Other services

81.0 83.9 83.4 84.4 3.4 4.2

Government

301.1 307.1 304.2 306.5 5.4 1.8

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,057.8 3,156.3 3,095.8 3,109.8 52.0 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

140.8 147.9 146.2 144.8 4.0 2.8

Manufacturing

49.6 49.8 49.1 48.9 -0.7 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

386.2 416.2 399.0 394.8 8.6 2.2

Information

77.0 76.6 76.4 76.2 -0.8 -1.0

Financial activities

150.6 150.8 148.3 148.7 -1.9 -1.3

Professional and business services

694.4 707.5 702.0 705.0 10.6 1.5

Education and health services

402.8 416.0 409.1 416.5 13.7 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

280.6 299.2 288.7 288.5 7.9 2.8

Other services

190.7 194.0 191.9 192.1 1.4 0.7

Government

685.1 698.3 685.1 694.3 9.2 1.3
(P) Preliminary
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, April 08, 2015