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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — October 2015

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,423,100 in October 2015, up 98,400 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From October 2014 to October 2015, local nonfarm employment rose 3.0 percent, above the national increase of 1.9 percent. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked third in both the rate of job growth and in the number of jobs added. (See chart 1 and table 1; 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.)

 Chart 1. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year net change in the Dallas metropolitan area and its divisions, October 2010–October 2015

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 71 percent of the area’s workforce, provided 84 percent of area growth with the addition of 82,200 jobs from October a year ago, an increase of 3.5 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 29 percent of the area’s workforce, added 16,200 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 1.6 percent.

Industry employment

Professional and business services had the largest annual employment gain among the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington supersectors, adding 27,800 jobs, a 5.1-percent rise since October 2014; nationally, employment was up 3.3 percent in this supersector. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Local growth in this sector was particularly strong in the employment services industry which gained 15,100 jobs over the year, a 12.4-percent increase.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 24,800 jobs from October 2014. The 3.6-percent local rate of job growth compared to the national rate of 1.9 percent. Locally, industry employment growth occurred in each of the three subsectors, led by the addition of 10,800 retail trade jobs. Wholesale trade added 10,500 jobs and transportation and utilities added 3,500 jobs during the period.

Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 23,200 from October 2014, with nearly all the job gains in the supersector’s largest industry, food services and drinking places. The local leisure and hospitality job growth rate of 7.0 percent was more than double the national rate of 3.0 percent.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington’s education and health services supersector added 22,100 jobs, a gain of 5.4 percent over the year. Both metropolitan divisions had annual job gains, with Dallas adding 15,000 jobs and Fort Worth adding 7,100 jobs. Nationwide, this industry registered a 2.8-percent increase from October a year ago.

 Chart 2. Total nonfarm and selected industry supersector employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, October 2015

The local financial activities supersector added 6,500 jobs since October 2014, a 2.4-percent increase; nationally, the rate of job growth for the financial activities supersector was 1.8 percent.

Government employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area increased by 3,700 from October 2014. Local government accounted for the largest share of the gain (2,400). Government employment rose 0.9 percent in the local area, compared to a 0.5-percent rise nationwide.

The mining, logging, and construction supersector had the largest employment decline in the local area, down 7,300 over the year. The bulk of this loss occurred among specialty trade contractors, down 5,300 jobs.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington manufacturing supersector lost 5,900 jobs from October 2014. Job losses occurred in both metropolitan divisions and were particularly evident in the transportation equipment manufacturing industry (-2,200). Locally, manufacturing employment fell 2.2 percent from October 2014, compared to the national increase of 0.5 percent.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in October 2015. All 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with 7 areas exceeding the U.S. average of 1.9 percent. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.5 percent, followed by San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (3.4 percent) and Dallas (3.0 percent). The slowest rates of job growth were in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, at 1.1 percent each. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs, 157,100, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (126,300) and Dallas (98,400). Philadelphia recorded the smallest employment gain (31,600), followed by Houston (33,100).

Professional and business services had the largest over-the-year employment gains in 7 of the 12 metropolitan areas–Atlanta, Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Chicago, Dallas, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, San Francisco, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Education and health services added the most jobs in three areas–Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale.

Manufacturing recorded the largest job losses in Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia. Four areas–Atlanta, New York, Phoenix, and Washington–recorded no over-the-year job losses greater than 1,000 in any supersector.

Metropolitan area employment data for November 2015 are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 18, 2015, 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 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 the 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 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 are available for state CES data at the total nonfarm and supersector level and for metropolitan area CES data. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available on the BLS Web site 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 online 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 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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Oct.
2014
Aug.
2015
Sep.
2015
Oct.
2015(p)
Change from Oct.
2014 to Oct. 2015(p)
Net Change Percent Change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

141,000 142,062 142,587 143,739 2,739 1.9

Mining and logging

920 831 816 808 -112 -12.2

Construction

6,437 6,683 6,629 6,665 228 3.5

Manufacturing

12,281 12,416 12,372 12,346 65 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,629 26,955 26,885 27,130 501 1.9

Information

2,753 2,808 2,790 2,797 44 1.6

Financial activities

8,025 8,216 8,163 8,169 144 1.8

Professional and business services

19,463 19,965 19,913 20,114 651 3.3

Education and health services

21,816 21,793 22,086 22,431 615 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

14,813 15,836 15,425 15,251 438 3.0

Other services

5,592 5,677 5,632 5,655 63 1.1

Government

22,271 20,882 21,876 22,373 102 0.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

3,324.7 3,390.9 3,397.3 3,423.1 98.4 3.0

Mining, logging, and construction

199.4 195.0 193.1 192.1 -7.3 -3.7

Manufacturing

263.2 258.5 258.3 257.3 -5.9 -2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

695.9 709.9 712.7 720.7 24.8 3.6

Information

81.1 81.9 81.7 81.5 0.4 0.5

Financial activities

270.4 276.0 275.4 276.9 6.5 2.4

Professional and business services

548.3 569.6 568.6 576.1 27.8 5.1

Education and health services

408.1 425.1 425.9 430.2 22.1 5.4

Leisure and hospitality

333.6 360.5 355.8 356.8 23.2 7.0

Other services

116.5 121.9 120.8 119.6 3.1 2.7

Government

408.2 392.5 405.0 411.9 3.7 0.9

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

2,337.4 2,392.8 2,395.9 2,419.6 82.2 3.5

Mining, logging, and construction

125.2 127.0 125.5 123.9 -1.3 -1.0

Manufacturing

166.6 162.5 162.6 161.7 -4.9 -2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

463.7 473.5 475.1 482.8 19.1 4.1

Information

68.2 69.1 68.9 68.8 0.6 0.9

Financial activities

214.3 217.2 216.9 218.2 3.9 1.8

Professional and business services

435.0 453.2 453.7 460.8 25.8 5.9

Education and health services

283.4 294.4 294.6 298.4 15.0 5.3

Leisure and hospitality

225.9 245.0 239.8 242.4 16.5 7.3

Other services

79.2 83.8 83.4 83.9 4.7 5.9

Government

275.9 267.1 275.4 278.7 2.8 1.0

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

987.3 998.1 1,001.4 1,003.5 16.2 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

74.2 68.0 67.6 68.2 -6.0 -8.1

Manufacturing

96.6 96.0 95.7 95.6 -1.0 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

232.2 236.4 237.6 237.9 5.7 2.5

Information

12.9 12.8 12.8 12.7 -0.2 -1.6

Financial activities

56.1 58.8 58.5 58.7 2.6 4.6

Professional and business services

113.3 116.4 114.9 115.3 2.0 1.8

Education and health services

124.7 130.7 131.3 131.8 7.1 5.7

Leisure and hospitality

107.7 115.5 116.0 114.4 6.7 6.2

Other services

37.3 38.1 37.4 35.7 -1.6 -4.3

Government

132.3 125.4 129.6 133.2 0.9 0.7

(p) preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Oct.
2014
Aug.
2015
Sep.
2015
Oct.
2015(p)
Change from
Oct. 2014 to Oct. 2015(p)
Net Change Percent Change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,539.9 2,595.7 2,595.6 2,628.0 88.1 3.5

Mining and logging

1.4 1.4 1.3 1.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

106.0 110.6 109.5 109.2 3.2 3.0

Manufacturing

152.7 155.9 156.9 158.8 6.1 4.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

563.9 572.1 571.5 582.3 18.4 3.3

Information

87.7 87.9 87.6 88.0 0.3 0.3

Financial activities

161.6 165.1 164.8 166.3 4.7 2.9

Professional and business services

471.7 490.6 490.4 497.2 25.5 5.4

Education and health services

312.1 317.8 318.6 321.7 9.6 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

261.7 275.4 270.7 273.9 12.2 4.7

Other services

94.9 94.6 93.2 94.4 -0.5 -0.5

Government

326.2 324.3 331.1 334.8 8.6 2.6

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,621.2 2,646.7 2,647.9 2,672.0 50.8 1.9

Mining, logging, and construction

100.4 105.7 103.6 105.3 4.9 4.9

Manufacturing

191.4 191.8 190.1 190.2 -1.2 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

414.0 416.2 412.5 416.1 2.1 0.5

Information

75.5 77.6 77.6 77.1 1.6 2.1

Financial activities

173.1 178.5 176.8 177.8 4.7 2.7

Professional and business services

448.4 463.3 459.5 465.0 16.6 3.7

Education and health services

547.0 543.7 550.4 560.2 13.2 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

253.4 271.7 259.9 256.9 3.5 1.4

Other services

101.0 107.2 102.1 102.8 1.8 1.8

Government

317.0 291.0 315.4 320.6 3.6 1.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,559.6 4,579.7 4,580.0 4,611.3 51.7 1.1

Mining and logging

1.6 1.5 1.5 1.5 -0.1 -6.3

Construction

168.7 172.9 170.8 173.0 4.3 2.5

Manufacturing

408.7 406.6 406.6 406.4 -2.3 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

917.1 922.4 917.8 922.9 5.8 0.6

Information

80.6 79.7 79.8 80.4 -0.2 -0.2

Financial activities

289.8 290.7 288.0 287.8 -2.0 -0.7

Professional and business services

808.6 824.6 826.1 826.7 18.1 2.2

Education and health services

694.2 688.4 695.4 709.0 14.8 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

438.6 458.8 446.4 444.8 6.2 1.4

Other services

194.1 196.3 194.9 196.5 2.4 1.2

Government

557.6 537.8 552.7 562.3 4.7 0.8

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,324.7 3,390.9 3,397.3 3,423.1 98.4 3.0

Mining, logging, and construction

199.4 195.0 193.1 192.1 -7.3 -3.7

Manufacturing

263.2 258.5 258.3 257.3 -5.9 -2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

695.9 709.9 712.7 720.7 24.8 3.6

Information

81.1 81.9 81.7 81.5 0.4 0.5

Financial activities

270.4 276.0 275.4 276.9 6.5 2.4

Professional and business services

548.3 569.6 568.6 576.1 27.8 5.1

Education and health services

408.1 425.1 425.9 430.2 22.1 5.4

Leisure and hospitality

333.6 360.5 355.8 356.8 23.2 7.0

Other services

116.5 121.9 120.8 119.6 3.1 2.7

Government

408.2 392.5 405.0 411.9 3.7 0.9

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,967.5 2,977.0 2,979.8 3,000.6 33.1 1.1

Mining and logging

113.1 111.3 111.2 109.8 -3.3 -2.9

Construction

210.4 204.6 205.3 214.6 4.2 2.0

Manufacturing

257.9 246.4 244.4 241.5 -16.4 -6.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.3 609.2 605.1 605.7 2.4 0.4

Information

32.5 34.5 34.6 34.0 1.5 4.6

Financial activities

149.6 144.4 143.8 144.9 -4.7 -3.1

Professional and business services

469.1 480.3 473.5 472.8 3.7 0.8

Education and health services

359.6 365.8 371.2 374.3 14.7 4.1

Leisure and hospitality

285.1 311.7 303.8 306.3 21.2 7.4

Other services

105.0 106.3 103.8 105.0 0.0 0.0

Government

381.9 362.5 383.1 391.7 9.8 2.6

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,798.8 5,826.0 5,873.4 5,925.1 126.3 2.2

Mining and logging

5.4 5.2 5.2 5.2 -0.2 -3.7

Construction

206.9 220.4 219.9 222.1 15.2 7.3

Manufacturing

524.1 524.3 526.0 522.8 -1.3 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,070.3 1,078.6 1,081.7 1,087.1 16.8 1.6

Information

225.2 219.1 220.5 221.8 -3.4 -1.5

Financial activities

324.4 327.2 324.6 325.4 1.0 0.3

Professional and business services

898.5 907.7 906.6 918.1 19.6 2.2

Education and health services

956.2 959.9 979.2 988.3 32.1 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

664.5 693.3 688.8 690.6 26.1 3.9

Other services

203.0 206.7 207.5 206.9 3.9 1.9

Government

720.3 683.6 713.4 736.8 16.5 2.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,454.9 2,477.9 2,483.2 2,507.6 52.7 2.1

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

106.9 108.9 108.6 109.4 2.5 2.3

Manufacturing

81.8 80.4 80.8 80.5 -1.3 -1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

569.4 573.3 572.4 577.2 7.8 1.4

Information

48.0 48.2 47.9 48.4 0.4 0.8

Financial activities

171.8 173.7 173.6 176.4 4.6 2.7

Professional and business services

395.3 407.5 409.6 415.1 19.8 5.0

Education and health services

362.7 365.3 366.9 370.0 7.3 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

295.0 303.1 302.9 305.5 10.5 3.6

Other services

118.3 119.9 119.4 120.9 2.6 2.2

Government

305.1 297.0 300.5 303.6 -1.5 -0.5

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,245.8 9,291.6 9,289.5 9,402.9 157.1 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

361.3 378.4 376.1 378.3 17.0 4.7

Manufacturing

369.8 369.0 366.4 369.6 -0.2 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,709.9 1,705.8 1,712.6 1,725.9 16.0 0.9

Information

283.5 283.0 280.8 284.7 1.2 0.4

Financial activities

755.2 766.1 761.4 762.7 7.5 1.0

Professional and business services

1,453.5 1,467.3 1,454.2 1,467.9 14.4 1.0

Education and health services

1,753.1 1,732.9 1,768.5 1,812.0 58.9 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

849.2 916.8 887.4 875.2 26.0 3.1

Other services

407.3 424.3 417.6 418.3 11.0 2.7

Government

1,303.0 1,248.0 1,264.5 1,308.3 5.3 0.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,816.5 2,794.6 2,817.8 2,848.1 31.6 1.1

Mining, logging, and construction

108.6 119.4 117.8 118.0 9.4 8.7

Manufacturing

179.9 177.3 177.6 176.7 -3.2 -1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

516.8 519.9 520.0 525.7 8.9 1.7

Information

45.9 45.3 45.2 45.1 -0.8 -1.7

Financial activities

203.5 208.7 207.2 207.6 4.1 2.0

Professional and business services

454.2 446.9 447.8 452.2 -2.0 -0.4

Education and health services

599.9 584.8 596.3 608.5 8.6 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

248.5 265.4 255.8 253.8 5.3 2.1

Other services

119.0 120.1 119.5 120.2 1.2 1.0

Government

340.2 306.8 330.6 340.3 0.1 0.0

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,883.7 1,888.0 1,906.2 1,932.0 48.3 2.6

Mining and logging

3.4 3.4 3.4 3.3 -0.1 -2.9

Construction

96.8 101.9 102.6 102.8 6.0 6.2

Manufacturing

118.1 118.1 117.0 117.4 -0.7 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

368.0 370.2 369.6 376.3 8.3 2.3

Information

34.5 35.2 34.9 35.4 0.9 2.6

Financial activities

164.1 167.7 168.0 169.8 5.7 3.5

Professional and business services

314.4 318.3 318.7 323.2 8.8 2.8

Education and health services

274.5 280.2 279.0 283.5 9.0 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

200.7 201.6 203.9 207.7 7.0 3.5

Other services

65.7 66.8 67.3 68.2 2.5 3.8

Government

243.5 224.6 241.8 244.4 0.9 0.4

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,217.7 2,268.5 2,271.2 2,292.0 74.3 3.4

Mining and logging

0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 -0.1 -11.1

Construction

104.3 110.3 108.5 110.4 6.1 5.8

Manufacturing

122.5 124.8 124.3 124.2 1.7 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

359.9 362.5 364.0 367.8 7.9 2.2

Information

79.2 82.7 82.6 82.7 3.5 4.4

Financial activities

129.2 128.1 127.6 127.4 -1.8 -1.4

Professional and business services

451.2 482.6 479.9 482.9 31.7 7.0

Education and health services

328.7 325.4 331.6 336.0 7.3 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

253.7 266.5 262.9 263.5 9.8 3.9

Other services

83.9 85.7 86.1 87.9 4.0 4.8

Government

304.2 299.1 302.9 308.4 4.2 1.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,138.9 3,164.3 3,176.9 3,206.0 67.1 2.1

Mining, logging, and construction

150.9 154.1 155.4 156.1 5.2 3.4

Manufacturing

50.1 49.5 49.1 49.5 -0.6 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

398.0 403.2 400.4 405.7 7.7 1.9

Information

76.0 75.9 76.2 75.1 -0.9 -1.2

Financial activities

151.4 151.4 150.8 152.8 1.4 0.9

Professional and business services

708.2 729.9 723.8 733.3 25.1 3.5

Education and health services

413.3 414.7 420.9 425.6 12.3 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

300.8 315.8 306.0 306.2 5.4 1.8

Other services

194.6 197.8 197.4 196.5 1.9 1.0

Government

695.6 672.0 696.9 705.2 9.6 1.4

(p) preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 02, 2015