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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Atlanta Area Employment – May 2014


Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) stood at 2,465,200 in May 2014, an increase of 59,400 or 2.5 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 nearly 4 years. Nationally, nonfarm employment increased 1.8 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1; The 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 U.S. and the Atlanta metropolitan area, May 2009–May 2014


Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, professional and business services added the most jobs in May 2014, up 20,100, or 4.6 percent, over the 12-month period. Atlanta’s professional and business services sector has recorded over-the-year employment gains each month since March 2010. This supersector grew 3.5 percent nationally. (See chart 2.)

Trade, transportation, and utilities had the second largest increase in jobs locally, increasing by 14,600 from the previous May. Employment in this supersector grew 2.7 percent in Atlanta compared to 2.2 percent for the nation.

Leisure and hospitality (9,400) and construction (7,100) were the only other supersectors in the Atlanta area to add more than 7,000 jobs over the year. Over the 12 months, employment in leisure and hospitality grew 3.8 percent locally compared to 2.7 percent nationally. Employment in the area’s construction industry grew 7.8 percent since May 2013, more than double the national rate of 3.3 percent for this supersector.

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

Government was the only supersector in the Atlanta area recording an employment decline greater than 1,000 from the previous May, down 1,400. This supersector has recorded monthly employment losses locally for most of the past five years. Atlanta’s 0.4-percent decline in government employment compared to a 0.1-percent increase nationwide.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in May 2014. Eleven of these 12 areas experienced over-the-year job growth, with 6 exceeding the national average of 1.8 percent. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington recorded the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.7 percent, followed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 3.3 percent. Detroit-Warren-Livonia was the only area to record a decrease in employment, down 0.2 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

Dallas added the largest number of jobs, 113,100, and two other areas also added over 100,000 jobs: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (111,900) and New York (111,200). Washington-Arlington-Alexandria was the only area to gain less than 10,000 jobs over the year. Detroit lost 3,300 jobs since May 2013.

Professional and businesses services registered the largest over-the-year employment gains in 4 of the 12 metropolitan areas from May a year ago: Dallas, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont. Education and health services led employment gains in three metropolitan areas: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

Over the year, government recorded the largest loss of jobs in four areas: Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Manufacturing recorded the largest job losses in three other areas: Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Houston and Miami were the only metropolitan areas 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, May 2014

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
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), May 2014
Area and Industry
May
2013
Mar
2014
Apr
2014
May
2014
Change from May
2013 to May 2014(p)
Number Percent

United States

 

Total nonfarm

136,793 137,147 138,272 139,192 2,399 1.8

Mining and logging

859 884 895 904 45 5.2

Construction

5,855 5,656 5,869 6,049 194 3.3

Manufacturing

11,987 12,018 12,033 12,091 104 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,697 25,883 26,063 26,266 569 2.2

Information

2,701 2,653 2,654 2,665 -36 -1.3

Financial activities

7,869 7,870 7,888 7,917 48 0.6

Professional and business services

18,510 18,832 19,066 19,153 643 3.5

Education and health services

21,127 21,481 21,539 21,504 377 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

14,453 14,143 14,462 14,845 392 2.7

Other services

5,487 5,464 5,501 5,535 48 0.9

Government

22,248 22,263 22,302 22,263 15 0.1

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,405.8 2,426.3 2,445.5 2,465.2 59.4 2.5

Mining and logging

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

90.5 94.0 95.8 97.6 7.1 7.8

Manufacturing

148.8 150.0 150.0 151.0 2.2 1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

532.3 541.5 543.3 546.9 14.6 2.7

Information

84.8 84.7 85.0 85.3 0.5 0.6

Financial activities

155.9 155.5 156.5 158.7 2.8 1.8

Professional and business services

433.2 441.2 446.4 453.3 20.1 4.6

Education and health services

295.2 298.4 299.5 300.0 4.8 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

249.1 247.8 253.8 258.5 9.4 3.8

Other services

93.9 92.2 92.8 93.2 -0.7 -0.7

Government

320.9 319.8 321.2 319.5 -1.4 -0.4

(p) preliminary

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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,405.8 2,426.3 2,445.5 2,465.2 59.4 2.5

Mining and logging

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

90.5 94.0 95.8 97.6 7.1 7.8

Manufacturing

148.8 150.0 150.0 151.0 2.2 1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

532.3 541.5 543.3 546.9 14.6 2.7

Information

84.8 84.7 85.0 85.3 0.5 0.6

Financial activities

155.9 155.5 156.5 158.7 2.8 1.8

Professional and business services

433.2 441.2 446.4 453.3 20.1 4.6

Education and health services

295.2 298.4 299.5 300.0 4.8 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

249.1 247.8 253.8 258.5 9.4 3.8

Other services

93.9 92.2 92.8 93.2 -0.7 -0.7

Government

320.9 319.8 321.2 319.5 -1.4 -0.4

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,564.4 2,546.0 2,574.3 2,598.5 34.1 1.3

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.1 20.0

Construction

90.2 79.5 84.4 88.8 -1.4 -1.6

Manufacturing

193.2 192.4 192.9 193.5 0.3 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

407.0 407.7 410.7 414.3 7.3 1.8

Information

73.9 77.0 76.8 77.7 3.8 5.1

Financial activities

171.9 169.6 169.9 171.4 -0.5 -0.3

Professional and business services

433.2 431.0 438.2 442.3 9.1 2.1

Education and health services

534.5 550.3 551.8 547.8 13.3 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

249.5 232.0 241.2 251.5 2.0 0.8

Other services

98.3 98.9 100.1 101.2 2.9 3.0

Government

312.2 307.1 307.8 309.4 -2.8 -0.9

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,457.7 4,392.2 4,435.9 4,482.0 24.3 0.5

Mining and logging

1.6 1.2 1.2 1.4 -0.2 -12.5

Construction

152.2 131.7 143.6 153.9 1.7 1.1

Manufacturing

410.0 406.6 403.7 402.8 -7.2 -1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

891.7 878.9 887.9 896.7 5.0 0.6

Information

81.1 79.5 79.0 79.4 -1.7 -2.1

Financial activities

288.6 285.3 284.5 285.0 -3.6 -1.2

Professional and business services

768.3 763.0 774.7 781.3 13.0 1.7

Education and health services

679.4 686.4 687.0 688.0 8.6 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

435.5 412.8 424.9 438.7 3.2 0.7

Other services

190.5 191.2 191.9 191.6 1.1 0.6

Government

558.8 555.6 557.5 563.2 4.4 0.8

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,083.4 3,146.3 3,176.2 3,196.5 113.1 3.7

Mining, logging, and construction

173.8 178.1 182.5 187.3 13.5 7.8

Manufacturing

257.5 255.7 254.3 256.6 -0.9 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

629.7 646.7 655.6 658.3 28.6 4.5

Information

79.1 81.0 80.1 81.0 1.9 2.4

Financial activities

252.1 251.6 252.6 252.1 0.0 0.0

Professional and business services

479.5 501.2 506.0 510.7 31.2 6.5

Education and health services

383.6 388.2 391.8 391.4 7.8 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

321.2 326.3 335.7 338.8 17.6 5.5

Other services

111.3 114.7 114.1 115.9 4.6 4.1

Government

395.6 402.8 403.5 404.4 8.8 2.2

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

 

Total nonfarm

1,882.6 1,841.0 1,847.4 1,879.3 -3.3 -0.2

Mining, logging, and construction

59.5 51.0 54.5 59.8 0.3 0.5

Manufacturing

228.6 233.5 226.6 231.5 2.9 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

347.9 343.2 347.3 351.6 3.7 1.1

Information

27.4 26.8 26.8 27.1 -0.3 -1.1

Financial activities

102.9 97.6 97.5 97.3 -5.6 -5.4

Professional and business services

363.3 357.1 358.0 367.0 3.7 1.0

Education and health services

298.5 297.7 297.5 299.1 0.6 0.2

Leisure and hospitality

185.9 168.7 173.5 181.2 -4.7 -2.5

Other services

78.0 76.8 77.0 77.4 -0.6 -0.8

Government

190.6 188.6 188.7 187.3 -3.3 -1.7

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,789.7 2,847.2 2,865.9 2,883.0 93.3 3.3

Mining and logging

105.8 109.3 110.8 111.9 6.1 5.8

Construction

189.5 195.3 197.0 196.8 7.3 3.9

Manufacturing

250.5 256.5 256.9 257.7 7.2 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

560.7 574.9 575.1 578.0 17.3 3.1

Information

32.2 32.6 32.8 32.9 0.7 2.2

Financial activities

141.9 141.7 142.8 144.4 2.5 1.8

Professional and business services

425.3 433.0 437.9 439.5 14.2 3.3

Education and health services

336.6 341.3 344.3 347.9 11.3 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

274.8 278.2 282.6 287.0 12.2 4.4

Other services

99.0 100.8 101.7 103.0 4.0 4.0

Government

373.4 383.6 384.0 383.9 10.5 2.8

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,559.7 5,645.8 5,666.2 5,671.6 111.9 2.0

Mining and logging

5.0 5.2 5.2 5.3 0.3 6.0

Construction

190.8 206.3 208.0 207.3 16.5 8.6

Manufacturing

525.4 515.2 511.7 509.1 -16.3 -3.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,023.7 1,033.7 1,037.8 1,037.4 13.7 1.3

Information

217.8 228.8 230.8 226.9 9.1 4.2

Financial activities

325.7 319.8 320.1 321.2 -4.5 -1.4

Professional and business services

850.5 881.6 882.2 881.8 31.3 3.7

Education and health services

888.2 927.1 931.7 930.2 42.0 4.7

Leisure and hospitality

630.1 622.4 632.8 642.9 12.8 2.0

Other services

191.4 193.6 195.2 196.9 5.5 2.9

Government

711.1 712.1 710.7 712.6 1.5 0.2

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,350.0 2,417.1 2,420.0 2,417.9 67.9 2.9

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

91.6 96.4 98.0 98.4 6.8 7.4

Manufacturing

77.3 79.1 78.2 78.9 1.6 2.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

546.3 564.0 562.9 562.5 16.2 3.0

Information

45.9 46.8 46.8 46.8 0.9 2.0

Financial activities

164.1 166.3 166.7 168.9 4.8 2.9

Professional and business services

370.8 384.7 384.9 382.8 12.0 3.2

Education and health services

347.3 353.9 355.5 355.3 8.0 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

288.5 301.9 301.9 298.7 10.2 3.5

Other services

111.4 115.1 115.6 116.1 4.7 4.2

Government

306.2 308.3 308.9 308.9 2.7 0.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

8,728.2 8,667.2 8,766.0 8,839.4 111.2 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

322.8 299.6 317.2 327.2 4.4 1.4

Manufacturing

357.3 355.2 355.3 356.3 -1.0 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,591.1 1,602.0 1,612.4 1,627.9 36.8 2.3

Information

276.0 273.7 273.6 272.9 -3.1 -1.1

Financial activities

733.4 728.4 732.3 728.7 -4.7 -0.6

Professional and business services

1,380.0 1,371.2 1,396.3 1,407.2 27.2 2.0

Education and health services

1,635.0 1,665.7 1,667.4 1,671.8 36.8 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

794.5 743.3 775.3 809.7 15.2 1.9

Other services

381.9 383.8 385.8 388.5 6.6 1.7

Government

1,256.2 1,244.3 1,250.4 1,249.2 -7.0 -0.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,763.5 2,737.8 2,767.9 2,785.4 21.9 0.8

Mining, logging, and construction

102.7 100.9 104.5 106.8 4.1 4.0

Manufacturing

179.5 178.3 178.0 179.6 0.1 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

506.2 502.5 506.0 510.9 4.7 0.9

Information

47.4 46.2 46.3 46.3 -1.1 -2.3

Financial activities

203.2 201.8 202.2 203.2 0.0 0.0

Professional and business services

437.5 431.6 441.4 443.1 5.6 1.3

Education and health services

572.2 581.0 585.7 579.6 7.4 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

246.9 232.1 240.9 252.9 6.0 2.4

Other services

122.1 119.1 119.5 120.5 -1.6 -1.3

Government

345.8 344.3 343.4 342.5 -3.3 -1.0

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,104.4 2,126.4 2,139.1 2,152.4 48.0 2.3

Mining and logging

1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

92.8 95.0 97.2 100.2 7.4 8.0

Manufacturing

114.9 116.9 117.6 117.4 2.5 2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

340.8 345.5 344.8 346.7 5.9 1.7

Information

73.0 74.3 75.2 74.8 1.8 2.5

Financial activities

126.1 125.4 125.6 125.7 -0.4 -0.3

Professional and business services

413.5 421.6 423.1 426.1 12.6 3.0

Education and health services

317.6 323.4 325.0 326.2 8.6 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

242.1 239.5 245.2 248.6 6.5 2.7

Other services

80.0 79.8 79.9 80.6 0.6 0.8

Government

302.3 303.8 304.3 304.9 2.6 0.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,090.3 3,064.1 3,085.5 3,096.3 6.0 0.2

Mining, logging, and construction

146.7 142.7 145.4 144.2 -2.5 -1.7

Manufacturing

48.5 45.6 45.9 45.9 -2.6 -5.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

386.5 386.2 392.4 392.2 5.7 1.5

Information

76.5 74.9 74.0 73.9 -2.6 -3.4

Financial activities

150.6 152.0 152.7 154.3 3.7 2.5

Professional and business services

708.5 695.8 702.1 704.5 -4.0 -0.6

Education and health services

392.8 401.3 401.2 397.0 4.2 1.1

Leisure and hospitality

296.1 288.1 294.1 303.8 7.7 2.6

Other services

189.5 188.5 189.1 189.7 0.2 0.1

Government

694.6 689.0 688.6 690.8 -3.8 -0.5

(p) preliminary


Last Modified Date: July 1, 2014