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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Atlanta Area Employment – February 2014


Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) stood at 2,409,000 in February 2014, an increase of 42,600, or 1.8 percent, from one 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 more than three years. Nationally, nonfarm employment increased 1.5 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1; Technical Note at end of 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 2009–February 2014


Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, trade, transportation, and utilities added the most jobs in February 2014, up 12,800, or 2.4 percent, over the 12-month period. Atlanta’s trade, transportation, and utilities sector has recorded over-the-year employment gains each month since October 2010. This supersector grew 1.9 percent nationally. (See chart 2.)

Professional and business services had the second largest increase in jobs locally, adding 8,200 from the previous February. Employment in professional and business services grew 1.9 percent in Atlanta and 3.7 percent for the nation.

Leisure and hospitality was the only other supersector in the Atlanta area to add more than 8,000 jobs (8,100) over the year. Over the 12-month period, employment in leisure and hospitality advanced 3.5 percent locally, and 2.9 percent nationally.

Government was the only supersector in the Atlanta metropolitan area to record an employment decline from February 2013, down 2,600 jobs. Atlanta’s 0.8-percent decline in government employment exceeded the 0.2-percent decrease nationwide. Government has been losing jobs in the Atlanta area for most of the last four years.


Chart 2. Total nonfarm and supersector employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, February 2014

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in February 2014. Eleven of these areas experienced over-the-year job growth, with six exceeding the national average of 1.5 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, up 3.0 percent, double that for the nation. Detroit-Warren-Livonia was the only area to record a decrease in employment, down 0.2 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana added the largest number of jobs, 117,100, followed by New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island at 112,400. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown each had job increases over 75,000. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria were the only areas to gain less than 10,000 jobs over the year. Detroit lost 4,200 jobs since February 2013.

Professional and business services and trade, transportation, and utilities registered the largest over-the-year employment gains in five metropolitan areas each. Manufacturing and education and health services led employment gains in one area each.

Over the year, government recorded the largest loss of jobs in four areas—Atlanta, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, New York, and Philadelphia. Manufacturing recorded the largest job losses in three other areas—Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Dallas, and Los Angeles. In Houston and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, no supersector lost more than 1,000 jobs, and Miami was the only metropolitan area that had no annual job losses for any supersector.

Chart 3. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and 12 largest metropolitan areas, February 2014

Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data

Effective with the release of January 2014 data, nonfarm payroll estimates for all states, metropolitan areas, and metropolitan divisions were revised to reflect 2013 benchmark levels. For more information on benchmark procedures, see www.bls.gov/sae/benchmark2014.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.

Definition. 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 places 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 (NAICS).

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

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/.

Current and historical information on the Current Employment Statistics program and other surveys are also available on our regional Web site at www.bls.gov/ro4/home.htm. 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 on December 1, 2009. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
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, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton in Georgia.

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
2013
Dec
2013
Jan
2014
Feb
2014 (p)
Change from Feb
2013 to Feb 2014 (p)
Number Percent

United States

 

Total nonfarm

134,112 138,269 135,433 136,183 2,071 1.5

Mining and logging

844 879 873 873 29 3.4

Construction

5,386 5,774 5,533 5,526 140 2.6

Manufacturing

11,901 12,050 11,948 11,964 63 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,297 26,884 26,013 25,781 484 1.9

Information

2,699 2,682 2,629 2,632 -67 -2.5

Financial activities

7,799 7,911 7,846 7,861 62 0.8

Professional and business services

18,025 18,906 18,552 18,694 669 3.7

Education and health services

21,070 21,419 21,127 21,391 321 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

13,470 14,095 13,782 13,861 391 2.9

Other services

5,404 5,461 5,418 5,438 34 0.6

Government

22,217 22,208 21,712 22,162 -55 -0.2

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,366.4 2,449.3 2,410.9 2,409.0 42.6 1.8

Mining and logging

1.1 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.1 9.1

Construction

86.8 95.3 92.6 93.2 6.4 7.4

Manufacturing

148.9 151.0 149.4 150.1 1.2 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

526.1 555.4 542.5 538.9 12.8 2.4

Information

84.1 85.0 84.8 84.5 0.4 0.5

Financial activities

153.7 159.0 156.8 155.7 2.0 1.3

Professional and business services

426.7 441.9 433.9 434.9 8.2 1.9

Education and health services

292.1 299.3 296.5 298.0 5.9 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

232.8 249.5 243.7 240.9 8.1 3.5

Other services

92.5 92.6 92.1 92.6 0.1 0.1

Government

321.6 319.1 317.4 319.0 -2.6 -0.8

(p) preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
Feb
2013
Dec
2013
Jan
2014
Feb
2014 (p)
Change from Feb
2013 to Feb 2014 (p)
Number Percent

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,366.4 2,449.3 2,410.9 2,409.0 42.6 1.8

Mining and logging

1.1 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.1 9.1

Construction

86.8 95.3 92.6 93.2 6.4 7.4

Manufacturing

148.9 151.0 149.4 150.1 1.2 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

526.1 555.4 542.5 538.9 12.8 2.4

Information

84.1 85.0 84.8 84.5 0.4 0.5

Financial activities

153.7 159.0 156.8 155.7 2.0 1.3

Professional and business services

426.7 441.9 433.9 434.9 8.2 1.9

Education and health services

292.1 299.3 296.5 298.0 5.9 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

232.8 249.5 243.7 240.9 8.1 3.5

Other services

92.5 92.6 92.1 92.6 0.1 0.1

Government

321.6 319.1 317.4 319.0 -2.6 -0.8

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,501.3 2,588.7 2,526.5 2,531.4 30.1 1.2

Mining and logging

0.4 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

78.8 86.8 79.7 77.9 -0.9 -1.1

Manufacturing

192.1 194.5 192.9 192.5 0.4 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

398.9 429.8 412.6 407.2 8.3 2.1

Information

73.6 75.9 76.2 76.4 2.8 3.8

Financial activities

171.3 172.2 170.5 169.2 -2.1 -1.2

Professional and business services

419.6 438.9 429.1 432.2 12.6 3.0

Education and health services

538.9 546.5 536.5 545.6 6.7 1.2

Leisure and hospitality

223.9 237.5 229.0 226.6 2.7 1.2

Other services

94.8 99.1 98.1 97.1 2.3 2.4

Government

309.0 307.0 301.4 306.3 -2.7 -0.9

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,334.4 4,497.7 4,369.0 4,370.6 36.2 0.8

Mining and logging

1.2 1.3 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

130.5 143.1 127.6 128.4 -2.1 -1.6

Manufacturing

409.2 409.5 405.6 405.1 -4.1 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

876.2 938.3 895.7 880.4 4.2 0.5

Information

80.0 81.2 79.7 79.2 -0.8 -1.0

Financial activities

286.2 289.9 287.3 285.6 -0.6 -0.2

Professional and business services

737.7 775.6 754.1 758.5 20.8 2.8

Education and health services

675.7 688.7 677.3 685.5 9.8 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

399.7 421.6 405.4 403.4 3.7 0.9

Other services

188.0 191.1 189.8 189.8 1.8 1.0

Government

550.0 557.4 545.3 553.5 3.5 0.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,033.7 3,142.5 3,100.4 3,116.5 82.8 2.7

Mining, logging, and construction

168.9 176.3 174.3 176.1 7.2 4.3

Manufacturing

257.3 257.4 252.2 251.0 -6.3 -2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

622.2 665.3 649.0 642.0 19.8 3.2

Information

78.3 80.3 79.4 80.0 1.7 2.2

Financial activities

249.4 251.5 248.8 251.5 2.1 0.8

Professional and business services

473.9 493.0 485.8 491.8 17.9 3.8

Education and health services

379.4 387.5 384.1 387.8 8.4 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

302.1 316.8 317.8 321.1 19.0 6.3

Other services

109.0 112.9 114.0 113.9 4.9 4.5

Government

393.2 401.5 395.0 401.3 8.1 2.1

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

 

Total nonfarm

1,834.7 1,875.4 1,827.3 1,830.5 -4.2 -0.2

Mining, logging, and construction

50.7 55.1 49.9 49.0 -1.7 -3.4

Manufacturing

225.2 235.0 229.8 231.8 6.6 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

341.0 359.8 345.8 342.9 1.9 0.6

Information

26.7 27.2 26.9 26.8 0.1 0.4

Financial activities

101.1 99.9 98.1 98.2 -2.9 -2.9

Professional and business services

351.5 362.2 356.8 355.6 4.1 1.2

Education and health services

298.2 298.4 293.8 297.1 -1.1 -0.4

Leisure and hospitality

171.7 171.3 165.4 164.7 -7.0 -4.1

Other services

76.5 77.4 75.9 76.2 -0.3 -0.4

Government

192.1 189.1 184.9 188.2 -3.9 -2.0

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,749.9 2,840.1 2,806.7 2,826.9 77.0 2.8

Mining and logging

103.6 107.4 107.5 108.0 4.4 4.2

Construction

188.1 188.9 188.6 197.7 9.6 5.1

Manufacturing

248.9 255.6 256.3 255.8 6.9 2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

553.4 587.2 570.3 567.3 13.9 2.5

Information

31.6 32.9 32.6 32.6 1.0 3.2

Financial activities

140.9 141.2 139.6 140.8 -0.1 -0.1

Professional and business services

419.1 431.0 427.1 427.8 8.7 2.1

Education and health services

333.7 340.1 338.7 338.7 5.0 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

261.9 277.9 272.5 275.5 13.6 5.2

Other services

97.3 99.5 99.9 99.9 2.6 2.7

Government

371.4 378.4 373.6 382.8 11.4 3.1

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,506.1 5,674.2 5,587.1 5,623.2 117.1 2.1

Mining and logging

5.0 5.2 5.2 5.2 0.2 4.0

Construction

186.0 202.2 201.1 202.6 16.6 8.9

Manufacturing

525.2 518.9 514.9 515.6 -9.6 -1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,018.5 1,074.8 1,043.4 1,037.3 18.8 1.8

Information

218.7 228.1 222.2 224.5 5.8 2.7

Financial activities

323.1 322.7 320.4 321.3 -1.8 -0.6

Professional and business services

840.5 876.5 867.9 875.6 35.1 4.2

Education and health services

890.4 917.6 908.3 921.9 31.5 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

603.2 629.0 617.1 622.1 18.9 3.1

Other services

188.2 192.2 190.8 192.2 4.0 2.1

Government

707.3 707.0 695.8 704.9 -2.4 -0.3

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,333.2 2,414.4 2,382.2 2,402.4 69.2 3.0

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

88.5 97.2 94.3 95.1 6.6 7.5

Manufacturing

76.6 79.1 78.5 79.2 2.6 3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

542.7 575.5 561.4 561.1 18.4 3.4

Information

45.4 46.6 46.1 46.6 1.2 2.6

Financial activities

162.7 167.3 164.7 165.3 2.6 1.6

Professional and business services

366.7 378.7 376.1 383.1 16.4 4.5

Education and health services

345.5 352.7 349.6 352.4 6.9 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

287.8 293.4 290.8 296.1 8.3 2.9

Other services

110.6 114.4 113.7 114.8 4.2 3.8

Government

306.1 308.9 306.4 308.1 2.0 0.7

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

 

Total nonfarm

8,504.0 8,841.3 8,595.3 8,616.4 112.4 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

296.0 311.6 296.8 291.8 -4.2 -1.4

Manufacturing

353.5 359.1 354.5 356.8 3.3 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,556.8 1,690.5 1,615.6 1,594.9 38.1 2.4

Information

271.0 279.8 274.5 275.6 4.6 1.7

Financial activities

730.0 740.6 730.1 728.5 -1.5 -0.2

Professional and business services

1,340.9 1,400.0 1,360.6 1,366.8 25.9 1.9

Education and health services

1,612.6 1,662.8 1,634.4 1,650.0 37.4 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

721.4 765.9 732.0 733.7 12.3 1.7

Other services

372.7 382.3 380.0 380.7 8.0 2.1

Government

1,249.1 1,248.7 1,216.8 1,237.6 -11.5 -0.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,713.9 2,777.6 2,711.5 2,720.7 6.8 0.3

Mining, logging, and construction

94.1 102.6 99.5 96.9 2.8 3.0

Manufacturing

179.3 180.7 178.4 178.3 -1.0 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

498.8 526.6 504.8 499.7 0.9 0.2

Information

49.7 47.1 46.7 46.5 -3.2 -6.4

Financial activities

202.5 202.3 200.8 203.0 0.5 0.2

Professional and business services

423.6 436.7 426.2 431.0 7.4 1.7

Education and health services

577.5 581.2 574.0 580.3 2.8 0.5

Leisure and hospitality

223.4 234.3 227.6 226.4 3.0 1.3

Other services

119.9 120.7 118.3 117.7 -2.2 -1.8

Government

345.1 345.4 335.2 340.9 -4.2 -1.2

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,065.9 2,149.2 2,107.8 2,120.6 54.7 2.6

Mining and logging

1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

90.4 95.5 92.7 95.0 4.6 5.1

Manufacturing

113.5 118.0 117.3 117.1 3.6 3.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

338.0 361.5 347.8 344.5 6.5 1.9

Information

72.1 73.9 73.3 73.8 1.7 2.4

Financial activities

125.3 125.9 124.7 125.5 0.2 0.2

Professional and business services

407.0 426.7 420.5 422.6 15.6 3.8

Education and health services

313.3 320.9 316.9 322.4 9.1 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

229.3 244.0 237.0 238.8 9.5 4.1

Other services

77.9 79.8 77.7 78.4 0.5 0.6

Government

297.8 301.8 298.7 301.3 3.5 1.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,043.8 3,106.6 3,051.5 3,048.6 4.8 0.2

Mining, logging, and construction

140.0 145.7 143.7 142.2 2.2 1.6

Manufacturing

48.2 45.8 45.8 45.6 -2.6 -5.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

379.5 408.7 391.8 386.5 7.0 1.8

Information

77.5 75.4 75.0 75.1 -2.4 -3.1

Financial activities

149.3 152.8 151.6 151.9 2.6 1.7

Professional and business services

705.3 702.2 691.5 690.2 -15.1 -2.1

Education and health services

391.8 402.4 398.6 401.0 9.2 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

274.5 290.9 284.7 281.4 6.9 2.5

Other services

187.2 190.0 190.4 187.8 0.6 0.3

Government

690.5 692.7 678.4 686.9 -3.6 -0.5
(p) preliminary


Last Modified Date: April 9, 2014