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Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Employment – March 2013

Rate of Employment Increase Slower than National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Pittsburgh, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) stood at 1,153,400 in March 2013, up 2,400 or 0.2 percent over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, national employment rose 1.5 percent. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the March increase was the 35th consecutive month of over-the-year job gains in the area. (See chart 1 and table 1; Technical Note at end of release contains the metropolitan area definition. 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 Pittsburgh metropolitan area, March 2004-March 2013

In the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, the professional and business services supersector gained 4,200 jobs from March 2012 to March 2013, more than any other industry. The 2.5-percent increase was smaller than the 3.2-percent national advance for this industry over the last 12 months. (See chart 2.) Both locally and nationally, over-the-year increases in the professional and business services industry have continued uninterrupted for 36 months. As of March 2013, this supersector was the third-largest industry in the Pittsburgh area, employing approximately 15 percent of the local workforce.

The financial activities supersector had the second-largest employment increase locally, gaining 2,100 jobs over the last 12 months. This gain represented a 3.0-percent growth rate, faster than the 1.1-percent rate for the nation. The recent advance was the local industry’s 42nd consecutive over-the-year increase.

Since March 2012, two industries added 1,400 jobs each in the Pittsburgh area—education and health services and other services. The 0.6-percent local growth rate for education and health services was one-third the national rate of 1.8 percent. Meanwhile, employment growth in the Pittsburgh area for other services was three times the U.S. average, up 2.7 percent locally and 0.9 percent nationally. In Pittsburgh, no other industry gained 1,000 or more jobs during this period.

Chart 2. Over-the-year percent change in employment by selected industry supersector, United States and the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, March 2013

Three industries lost more than 1,000 jobs from March a year ago in the Pittsburgh area—trade, transportation, and utilities; government; and leisure and hospitality. Trade, transportation, and utilities declined by 3,600 jobs while government lost 2,500 over the year. Government employment fell 2.0 percent in the local area, faster than the 0.3-percent national rate of decline for this supersector. National employment in the trade, transportation, and utilities and leisure and hospitality supersectors rose from March 2012 to March 2013.

Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data

Effective with the release of January 2013 data, nonfarm payroll estimates for all states, metropolitan areas, and metropolitan divisions were revised to reflect 2012 benchmark levels. For more information on benchmark procedures, see www.bls.gov/sae/benchmark2013.pdf.

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 2007 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/.

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.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, dated December 1, 2009. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Pittsburgh, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, not seasonally adjusted (in thousands)
Area Back
data
Mar
2012
Jan
2013
Feb
2013
Mar
2013
Mar 2012 to
Mar 2013
Net
change
Percent
change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

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132,505 132,704 (P) 133,726 (P) 134,485 (P) 1,980 (P) 1.5

Mining and logging

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836 846 (P) 852 (P) 855 (P) 19 (P) 2.3

Construction

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5,313 5,340 (P) 5,370 (P) 5,487 (P) 174 (P) 3.3

Manufacturing

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11,822 11,860 (P) 11,877 (P) 11,902 (P) 80 (P) 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

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25,082 25,614 (P) 25,420 (P) 25,468 (P) 386 (P) 1.5

Information

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2,672 2,640 (P) 2,705 (P) 2,703 (P) 31 (P) 1.2

Financial activities

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7,726 7,791 (P) 7,803 (P) 7,809 (P) 83 (P) 1.1

Professional and business services

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17,601 17,841 (P) 18,024 (P) 18,157 (P) 556 (P) 3.2

Education and health services

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20,377 20,375 (P) 20,657 (P) 20,739 (P) 362 (P) 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

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13,334 13,264 (P) 13,389 (P) 13,645 (P) 311 (P) 2.3

Other services

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5,394 5,406 (P) 5,424 (P) 5,440 (P) 46 (P) 0.9

Government

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22,348 21,727 (P) 22,205 (P) 22,280 (P) -68 (P) -0.3
 

Pittsburgh, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total Nonfarm

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1,151.0 1,138.2 1,142.3 (P) 1,153.4 (P) 2.4 (P) 0.2

Mining and logging

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9.7 10.4 10.5 (P) 10.6 (P) 0.9 (P) 9.3

Construction

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49.6 46.5 47.5 (P) 50.1 (P) 0.5 (P) 1.0

Manufacturing

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89.0 88.5 88.2 (P) 88.6 (P) -0.4 (P) -0.4

Trade, Transportation, & Utilities

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216.7 216.9 213.5 (P) 213.1 (P) -3.6 (P) -1.7

Information

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18.5 18.4 18.3 (P) 18.2 (P) -0.3 (P) -1.6

Financial Activities

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70.3 71.7 71.7 (P) 72.4 (P) 2.1 (P) 3.0

Professional & Business Services

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170.0 171.1 171.5 (P) 174.2 (P) 4.2 (P) 2.5

Educational & Health Services

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245.1 243.7 246.2 (P) 246.5 (P) 1.4 (P) 0.6

Leisure & Hospitality

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106.1 102.2 101.2 (P) 104.8 (P) -1.3 (P) -1.2

Other Services

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51.5 51.4 52.0 (P) 52.9 (P) 1.4 (P) 2.7

Government

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124.5 117.4 121.7 (P) 122.0 (P) -2.5 (P) -2.0

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

SOURCE: Current Employment Statistics - National - State and Metropolitan Area

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey is a monthly survey of business establishments which provides estimates of employment, hours, and earnings data by industry for the nation as a whole, all States, and most major metropolitan areas since 1939. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative program in which State employment security agencies prepare the data using concepts, definitions, and technical procedures prescribed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Last Modified Date: May 3, 2013