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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — September 2016

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,542,700 in September 2016, up 122,300 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From September 2015 to September 2016, local nonfarm employment rose 3.6 percent, above the national increase of 1.7 percent. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked first in the rate of job growth and second 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.)

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, added 101,300 jobs from September a year ago, an increase of 4.2 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 29 percent of the area’s workforce, added 21,000 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 2.1 percent.

Industry employment

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 35,600 jobs from September 2015. (See table 1 and chart 2.) The 4.9-percent rate of local job growth was more than three times the national rate of 1.4 percent. Locally, employment growth occurred in each of the three industry subsectors, led by a gain of 21,400 jobs in wholesale trade, a 10.5-percent rate of job gain. Retail trade added 10,300 jobs and transportation and utilities added 3,900 jobs.

The area’s professional and business services supersector added 27,000 jobs, a 4.8-percent gain over the year. A leading contributor to the supersector’s job growth was Dallas-Plano-Irving’s computer systems design and related services industry where employment increased by 7,500, an 11.5-percent rate of gain. Nationwide, employment in the professional and business services supersector increased at a rate of 3.0 percent over the year.

The local financial activities supersector added 14,700 jobs from September 2015, a 5.3-percent increase; nationally, the rate of job growth was 2.1 percent. Both local metropolitan divisions added jobs, although Dallas-Plano-Irving accounted for the bulk of the area’s job gain.

Employment in education and health services rose by 14,600 from September 2015. The local area’s rate of job growth in this supersector, 3.5 percent, compared to the national rate of 2.8 percent. The local gain was concentrated in Dallas-Plano-Irving, particularly in the ambulatory health care services industry which added 7,600 jobs, a 5.6-percent growth rate.

The area’s leisure and hospitality supersector employment rose by 14,000 from September 2015, with the majority of the job gain in the supersector’s largest industry, food services and drinking places (+12,900). While both local metropolitan divisions added jobs over the year, the rate of job growth in Dallas-Plano-Irving (5.1 percent) was nearly three times that of Fort Worth-Arlington (1.4 percent). Leisure and hospitality employment rose 3.9 percent in the combined Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area compared to 2.4 percent nationally.

Government employment in the metropolitan area increased by 12,400 from September 2015; more than three-fourths of the gain came from local government which added 9,500 jobs. Government employment rose 3.0 percent in the local area and 0.7 percent nationwide.

The local mining, logging, and construction supersector added 5,000 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.5 percent; this was the fastest annual rate of job growth since June 2015. The Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan division accounted for the largest share of the employment growth, up 3,600 jobs; specialty trade contractors added 3,400 of these jobs, a 9.6-percent gain since September 2015.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in September 2016. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 9 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.7 percent. Dallas had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.6 percent, followed by Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell (2.9 percent) and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (2.6 percent). Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rates of job growth.  (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs, 169,400, followed by Dallas (+122,300) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (+113,600). Houston had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 20,100 jobs.

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

Manufacturing had the largest over-the-year losses in six areas–Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. New York was the only area to have no annual job losses in any supersector.

Metropolitan area employment data for October 2016 are scheduled to be released on Friday, November 18, 2016, 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 levels 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 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
 
Sep.
2015
Jul.
2016
Aug.
2016
Sep.
2016(p)
Sep. 2015 to
Sep. 2016(p)
Net Change Percent Change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

142,520 144,183 144,416 144,943 2,423 1.7

Mining and logging

799 693 690 689 -110 -13.8

Construction

6,678 6,915 6,919 6,886 208 3.1

Manufacturing

12,363 12,375 12,367 12,302 -61 -0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,889 27,347 27,359 27,267 378 1.4

Information

2,756 2,791 2,786 2,760 4 0.1

Financial activities

8,157 8,379 8,378 8,327 170 2.1

Professional and business services

19,837 20,372 20,424 20,431 594 3.0

Education and health services

22,102 22,371 22,428 22,714 612 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

15,389 16,258 16,216 15,766 377 2.4

Other services

5,614 5,758 5,735 5,703 89 1.6

Government

21,936 20,924 21,114 22,098 162 0.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

3,420.4 3,516.2 3,531.0 3,542.7 122.3 3.6

Mining, logging, and construction

200.1 202.8 203.7 205.1 5.0 2.5

Manufacturing

262.4 262.2 262.1 259.8 -2.6 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

728.4 758.8 762.3 764.0 35.6 4.9

Information

80.4 80.6 81.5 81.3 0.9 1.1

Financial activities

278.3 293.2 294.3 293.0 14.7 5.3

Professional and business services

565.7 584.6 590.2 592.7 27.0 4.8

Education and health services

421.1 429.9 435.3 435.7 14.6 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

356.8 379.0 375.5 370.8 14.0 3.9

Other services

119.7 120.8 120.1 120.4 0.7 0.6

Government

407.5 404.3 406.0 419.9 12.4 3.0

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX, Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

2,422.5 2,504.3 2,517.5 2,523.8 101.3 4.2

Mining, logging, and construction

129.8 130.4 131.2 131.2 1.4 1.1

Manufacturing

167.8 167.7 168.6 166.4 -1.4 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

487.0 511.0 514.6 517.1 30.1 6.2

Information

68.7 69.1 70.1 70.1 1.4 2.0

Financial activities

222.0 234.8 235.2 233.9 11.9 5.4

Professional and business services

453.9 469.2 473.0 473.7 19.8 4.4

Education and health services

291.7 301.0 304.5 303.9 12.2 4.2

Leisure and hospitality

242.5 260.2 257.4 254.9 12.4 5.1

Other services

81.6 84.5 84.4 84.5 2.9 3.6

Government

277.5 276.4 278.5 288.1 10.6 3.8

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

997.9 1,011.9 1,013.5 1,018.9 21.0 2.1

Mining, logging, and construction

70.3 72.4 72.5 73.9 3.6 5.1

Manufacturing

94.6 94.5 93.5 93.4 -1.2 -1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

241.4 247.8 247.7 246.9 5.5 2.3

Information

11.7 11.5 11.4 11.2 -0.5 -4.3

Financial activities

56.3 58.4 59.1 59.1 2.8 5.0

Professional and business services

111.8 115.4 117.2 119.0 7.2 6.4

Education and health services

129.4 128.9 130.8 131.8 2.4 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

114.3 118.8 118.1 115.9 1.6 1.4

Other services

38.1 36.3 35.7 35.9 -2.2 -5.8

Government

130.0 127.9 127.5 131.8 1.8 1.4

(p) preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Sep.
2015
Jul.
2016
Aug.
2016
Sep.
2016(p)
Sep. 2015 to
Sep. 2016(p)
Net Change Percent Change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,592.6 2,653.3 2,667.4 2,667.4 74.8 2.9

Mining and logging

1.5 1.4 1.4 1.4 -0.1 -6.7

Construction

109.8 117.0 117.3 117.1 7.3 6.6

Manufacturing

158.2 162.9 159.9 161.1 2.9 1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

577.8 595.8 595.8 593.0 15.2 2.6

Information

88.1 88.8 88.5 87.9 -0.2 -0.2

Financial activities

162.0 166.3 166.1 167.5 5.5 3.4

Professional and business services

482.6 497.0 497.4 498.5 15.9 3.3

Education and health services

321.3 324.6 329.7 329.7 8.4 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

273.2 291.6 293.5 286.0 12.8 4.7

Other services

96.8 96.7 95.6 95.1 -1.7 -1.8

Government

321.3 311.2 322.2 330.1 8.8 2.7

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,657.5 2,720.6 2,713.0 2,707.1 49.6 1.9

Mining, logging, and construction

108.5 120.2 120.1 117.6 9.1 8.4

Manufacturing

190.5 190.2 190.0 188.6 -1.9 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

415.7 423.3 423.7 420.2 4.5 1.1

Information

77.4 79.3 78.9 78.5 1.1 1.4

Financial activities

182.5 190.8 190.5 188.1 5.6 3.1

Professional and business services

458.4 473.9 471.7 465.9 7.5 1.6

Education and health services

553.8 565.0 563.6 566.8 13.0 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

260.7 282.3 283.6 268.1 7.4 2.8

Other services

100.8 106.8 105.7 102.1 1.3 1.3

Government

309.2 288.8 285.2 311.2 2.0 0.6

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,620.8 4,686.9 4,677.3 4,676.3 55.5 1.2

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.5 1.5 -0.1 -6.3

Construction

174.5 184.7 183.8 181.9 7.4 4.2

Manufacturing

414.8 414.3 412.1 409.5 -5.3 -1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

932.6 943.8 938.7 934.6 2.0 0.2

Information

81.8 81.6 80.9 80.5 -1.3 -1.6

Financial activities

293.3 294.9 294.2 289.2 -4.1 -1.4

Professional and business services

817.4 830.6 835.3 838.5 21.1 2.6

Education and health services

697.5 699.1 694.8 704.1 6.6 0.9

Leisure and hospitality

461.6 491.0 494.7 480.1 18.5 4.0

Other services

193.9 201.0 200.2 198.4 4.5 2.3

Government

551.8 544.3 541.1 558.0 6.2 1.1

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,420.4 3,516.2 3,531.0 3,542.7 122.3 3.6

Mining, logging, and construction

200.1 202.8 203.7 205.1 5.0 2.5

Manufacturing

262.4 262.2 262.1 259.8 -2.6 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

728.4 758.8 762.3 764.0 35.6 4.9

Information

80.4 80.6 81.5 81.3 0.9 1.1

Financial activities

278.3 293.2 294.3 293.0 14.7 5.3

Professional and business services

565.7 584.6 590.2 592.7 27.0 4.8

Education and health services

421.1 429.9 435.3 435.7 14.6 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

356.8 379.0 375.5 370.8 14.0 3.9

Other services

119.7 120.8 120.1 120.4 0.7 0.6

Government

407.5 404.3 406.0 419.9 12.4 3.0

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,986.1 2,992.9 2,991.7 3,006.2 20.1 0.7

Mining and logging

97.1 86.1 87.1 87.3 -9.8 -10.1

Construction

218.4 217.3 214.9 216.5 -1.9 -0.9

Manufacturing

240.4 231.5 230.3 230.0 -10.4 -4.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

611.5 617.8 620.1 617.6 6.1 1.0

Information

32.1 30.7 30.8 30.4 -1.7 -5.3

Financial activities

151.8 155.2 155.1 152.2 0.4 0.3

Professional and business services

471.1 463.4 464.0 464.1 -7.0 -1.5

Education and health services

372.1 381.5 385.2 388.1 16.0 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

303.5 327.7 327.4 324.2 20.7 6.8

Other services

107.2 108.3 108.5 106.7 -0.5 -0.5

Government

380.9 373.4 368.3 389.1 8.2 2.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,840.9 5,901.6 5,921.6 5,954.5 113.6 1.9

Mining and logging

4.6 4.1 4.1 4.0 -0.6 -13.0

Construction

222.1 232.9 232.7 228.7 6.6 3.0

Manufacturing

518.1 514.7 512.6 510.2 -7.9 -1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,078.4 1,090.5 1,089.5 1,086.4 8.0 0.7

Information

230.6 229.1 234.1 232.2 1.6 0.7

Financial activities

333.3 337.7 339.2 338.2 4.9 1.5

Professional and business services

889.8 911.9 919.9 916.7 26.9 3.0

Education and health services

946.5 961.8 965.5 979.3 32.8 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

700.9 725.2 725.0 728.0 27.1 3.9

Other services

202.6 202.4 201.9 204.2 1.6 0.8

Government

714.0 691.3 697.1 726.6 12.6 1.8

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,507.1 2,542.3 2,558.9 2,568.9 61.8 2.5

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

114.8 122.0 121.7 121.9 7.1 6.2

Manufacturing

85.1 83.8 84.2 84.2 -0.9 -1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

580.9 593.1 593.3 594.1 13.2 2.3

Information

48.4 48.1 48.3 47.6 -0.8 -1.7

Financial activities

175.4 184.2 183.1 181.8 6.4 3.6

Professional and business services

406.6 420.9 422.3 425.2 18.6 4.6

Education and health services

369.9 373.1 372.9 376.9 7.0 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

301.1 314.2 311.0 308.2 7.1 2.4

Other services

120.3 121.1 120.0 121.3 1.0 0.8

Government

304.0 281.2 301.5 307.1 3.1 1.0

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,347.7 9,574.1 9,513.9 9,517.1 169.4 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

381.6 400.6 399.2 397.7 16.1 4.2

Manufacturing

369.5 372.3 371.7 373.2 3.7 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,718.1 1,729.6 1,726.9 1,733.7 15.6 0.9

Information

285.3 292.7 290.5 288.5 3.2 1.1

Financial activities

767.4 780.1 778.6 770.4 3.0 0.4

Professional and business services

1,494.1 1,524.3 1,522.3 1,515.9 21.8 1.5

Education and health services

1,759.1 1,786.3 1,778.6 1,810.1 51.0 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

891.2 970.6 957.9 926.9 35.7 4.0

Other services

410.4 429.4 426.1 420.6 10.2 2.5

Government

1,271.0 1,288.2 1,262.1 1,280.1 9.1 0.7

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,830.3 2,870.8 2,860.6 2,879.1 48.8 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

114.9 117.3 118.4 118.0 3.1 2.7

Manufacturing

181.0 185.0 183.8 184.0 3.0 1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

518.1 524.8 523.2 523.2 5.1 1.0

Information

46.5 46.8 46.4 45.9 -0.6 -1.3

Financial activities

208.9 212.2 213.4 211.5 2.6 1.2

Professional and business services

450.1 471.1 467.5 466.4 16.3 3.6

Education and health services

603.8 604.5 602.3 612.0 8.2 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

256.8 276.0 273.6 264.6 7.8 3.0

Other services

117.3 119.5 118.5 118.4 1.1 0.9

Government

332.9 313.6 313.5 335.1 2.2 0.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,920.8 1,926.2 1,947.8 1,968.4 47.6 2.5

Mining and logging

3.3 3.2 3.3 3.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

99.9 110.0 106.9 109.5 9.6 9.6

Manufacturing

120.4 120.2 119.4 118.7 -1.7 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

377.5 383.8 383.9 383.8 6.3 1.7

Information

35.7 38.4 37.7 37.4 1.7 4.8

Financial activities

168.1 175.4 174.5 174.1 6.0 3.6

Professional and business services

321.6 331.4 329.2 328.1 6.5 2.0

Education and health services

283.7 288.6 292.8 297.5 13.8 4.9

Leisure and hospitality

205.8 208.2 212.4 211.9 6.1 3.0

Other services

64.8 64.9 64.2 64.2 -0.6 -0.9

Government

240.0 202.1 223.5 239.9 -0.1 0.0

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,277.7 2,327.7 2,331.1 2,337.4 59.7 2.6

Mining and logging

1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 -0.1 -10.0

Construction

114.9 122.5 123.9 123.8 8.9 7.7

Manufacturing

127.8 129.4 129.4 129.3 1.5 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

366.6 373.4 374.5 375.3 8.7 2.4

Information

86.2 87.5 86.8 86.7 0.5 0.6

Financial activities

130.5 130.8 132.1 130.6 0.1 0.1

Professional and business services

469.4 483.4 484.3 484.3 14.9 3.2

Education and health services

330.2 339.3 339.2 344.9 14.7 4.5

Leisure and hospitality

262.0 271.5 272.5 270.0 8.0 3.1

Other services

83.6 85.0 83.5 82.8 -0.8 -1.0

Government

305.5 304.0 304.0 308.8 3.3 1.1

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,180.9 3,260.8 3,243.1 3,257.0 76.1 2.4

Mining, logging, and construction

154.1 161.0 160.2 158.9 4.8 3.1

Manufacturing

53.1 54.1 54.1 53.7 0.6 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

403.0 416.8 415.9 412.0 9.0 2.2

Information

75.8 76.1 75.1 75.4 -0.4 -0.5

Financial activities

153.9 156.0 156.0 154.4 0.5 0.3

Professional and business services

720.2 747.8 746.6 746.1 25.9 3.6

Education and health services

414.0 421.3 420.0 428.1 14.1 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

314.4 336.4 332.7 323.9 9.5 3.0

Other services

198.9 202.5 202.5 202.0 3.1 1.6

Government

693.5 688.8 680.0 702.5 9.0 1.3

(p) preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016