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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — April 2014


Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,179,900 in April 2014, up 115,900 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From April 2013 to April 2014, local nonfarm employment rose 3.8 percent, well above the national increase of 1.7 percent. Regional Commissioner 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 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, April 2009—April 2014


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 70 percent of the area workforce, provided 77 percent of area growth with the addition of 89,600 jobs from April a year ago, an increase of 4.2 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 30 percent of the area workforce, added 26,300 jobs during the 12-month period, a 2.9-percent increase.

Industry employment

Trade, transportation, and utilities registered the largest annual job gain among the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington supersectors, up 30,700 from April 2013. (See table 1 and chart 2.) The metropolitan area’s largest supersector added jobs at more than twice the national rate, up 4.9 percent compared to a 2.1-percent national gain. Locally, industry employment growth was bolstered by expansion in each of the three subsectors, led by the addition of 12,200 wholesale trade jobs. Retailers closely followed with the addition of 11,100 jobs, while transportation and utilities added 7,400 jobs during the period.

The area’s professional and business services supersector gained 29,600 jobs, a 6.2-percent rise since April 2013; nationally, employment was up 3.6 percent in this supersector. Local growth within this sector was particularly strong in the employment services industry which added 18,000 jobs, an 18.2-percent annual increase.

The leisure and hospitality supersector gained 20,000 jobs from April 2013, an increase of 6.3 percent. Local expansion in this industry was strong in both metropolitan divisions as Fort Worth-Arlington added jobs at an 8.0-percent pace and Dallas-Plano-Irving experienced an increase of 5.5 percent. Nationwide, leisure and hospitality employment rose 2.8 percent during the period.


Chart 2.  Total nonfarm and selected industry supersector employment, over-the-year percent change, United States and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, April 2014


The mining, logging, and construction sector added 11,100 jobs locally, a 6.5-percent gain. The local education and health services supersector added 10,500 jobs from April 2013, an increase of 2.7 percent which compared to the national gain of 1.6 percent. Most of the local expansion in these two supersectors occurred in the Dallas-Plano-Irving division which added 9,500 mining, logging, and construction jobs and 9,900 education and health services jobs.

Two other local sectors recorded employment gains of at least 6,200 from April 2013: government (8,100); and other services (6,200). Government sector employment expanded at a 2.0-percent pace locally, while employment nationwide was essentially unchanged. Dallas public sector expansion occurred in the state government and local government jurisdictions as federal government employment declined.

Other area industries recording employment advances of at least 1,000 since April a year ago were information (1,600) and financial activities (1,100).

The Dallas area manufacturing sector was the lone job loser (-3,000) from April 2013, resulting from opposing movements in the two metropolitan divisions. Over the year, Fort Worth-Arlington added 1,800 manufacturing jobs, an increase of 2.0 percent. However, the Dallas-Plano-Irving division recorded a loss of 4,800 jobs, a 2.9-percent decline. Nationwide, manufacturing employment rose 0.9 percent during the same period.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in April 2014. Eleven of these areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with six exceeding the national average of 1.7 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Dallas, up 3.8 percent, followed by Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 3.2 and 3.1 percent, respectively. Detroit-Warren-Livonia was the only area to experience a decline as employment slipped 0.3 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)


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


The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area added the largest number of jobs, 118,200, since April 2013. Dallas, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, Houston, and Miami all registered job gains numbering between 75,000 and 116,000. Employment in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, and Boston-Cambridge-Quincy expanded by at least 30,000.

Trade, transportation, and utilities led employment growth in 6 of the 12 metropolitan areas: Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, New York, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. (See
table 2.) Professional and business services recorded the largest gains in three areas: Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco. Education and health services added the most jobs in three other areas: Boston, 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 was the largest job loser in three areas–Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Two areas, Houston and Miami, experienced no annual job loss in any supersector.

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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.

Employment definition. 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 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 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 standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on November 20, 2008. A detailed list of geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

  • The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division includes Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties in Texas.
  • The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division includes Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, U.S. and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
Apr.
2013
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014
Apr.
2014(p)
Change from
Apr. 2013 to Apr. 2014
Number Percent

U.S.

 

Total nonfarm

135,911 136,192 137,136 138,288 2,377 1.7

Mining and logging

848 875 884 896 48 5.7

Construction

5,669 5,529 5,655 5,867 198 3.5

Manufacturing

11,941 11,979 12,017 12,044 103 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,500 25,771 25,877 26,048 548 2.1

Information

2,684 2,646 2,653 2,648 -36 -1.3

Financial activities

7,834 7,861 7,869 7,889 55 0.7

Professional and business services

18,404 18,696 18,833 19,074 670 3.6

Education and health services

21,222 21,388 21,486 21,553 331 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

14,070 13,873 14,145 14,470 400 2.8

Other services

5,445 5,429 5,462 5,501 56 1.0

Government

22,294 22,145 22,255 22,298 4 0.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

 

Total nonfarm

3,064.0 3,123.8 3,146.3 3,179.9 115.9 3.8

Mining, logging, and construction

171.7 176.8 178.1 182.8 11.1 6.5

Manufacturing

257.0 255.0 255.7 254.0 -3.0 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

625.9 644.1 646.7 656.6 30.7 4.9

Information

78.5 80.0 81.0 80.1 1.6 2.0

Financial activities

250.8 252.0 251.6 251.9 1.1 0.4

Professional and business services

476.4 490.6 501.2 506.0 29.6 6.2

Education and health services

382.2 388.5 388.2 392.7 10.5 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

315.7 321.5 326.3 335.7 20.0 6.3

Other services

110.4 114.0 114.7 116.6 6.2 5.6

Government

395.4 401.3 402.8 403.5 8.1 2.0

Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas, Metropolitan Division (MD)

 

Total nonfarm

2,149.4 2,196.9 2,216.1 2,239.0 89.6 4.2

Mining, logging, and construction

109.8 115.0 116.3 119.3 9.5 8.7

Manufacturing

165.6 161.8 161.7 160.8 -4.8 -2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

417.8 431.7 434.3 441.2 23.4 5.6

Information

64.9 66.9 67.9 67.4 2.5 3.9

Financial activities

195.8 198.9 198.6 199.1 3.3 1.7

Professional and business services

374.3 384.7 394.3 396.6 22.3 6.0

Education and health services

264.4 271.0 270.0 274.3 9.9 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

214.8 216.7 221.4 226.7 11.9 5.5

Other services

74.7 77.5 78.0 79.7 5.0 6.7

Government

267.3 272.7 273.6 273.9 6.6 2.5

Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, Metropolitan Division (MD)

 

Total nonfarm

914.6 926.9 930.2 940.9 26.3 2.9

Mining, logging, and construction

61.9 61.8 61.8 63.5 1.6 2.6

Manufacturing

91.4 93.2 94.0 93.2 1.8 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

208.1 212.4 212.4 215.4 7.3 3.5

Information

13.6 13.1 13.1 12.7 -0.9 -6.6

Financial activities

55.0 53.1 53.0 52.8 -2.2 -4.0

Professional and business services

102.1 105.9 106.9 109.4 7.3 7.1

Education and health services

117.8 117.5 118.2 118.4 0.6 0.5

Leisure and hospitality

100.9 104.8 104.9 109.0 8.1 8.0

Other services

35.7 36.5 36.7 36.9 1.2 3.4

Government

128.1 128.6 129.2 129.6 1.5 1.2

(p) preliminary



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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,396.7 2,409.6 2,426.3 2,444.3 47.6 2.0

Mining and logging

1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

88.6 93.4 94.0 96.7 8.1 9.1

Manufacturing

148.4 149.8 150.0 149.9 1.5 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

529.7 538.7 541.5 541.9 12.2 2.3

Information

84.4 84.6 84.7 85.0 0.6 0.7

Financial activities

155.3 155.6 155.5 156.0 0.7 0.5

Professional and business services

432.7 435.3 441.2 446.5 13.8 3.2

Education and health services

294.9 298.0 298.4 299.0 4.1 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

244.8 241.5 247.8 254.1 9.3 3.8

Other services

93.5 92.5 92.2 92.9 -0.6 -0.6

Government

323.2 319.0 319.8 321.1 -2.1 -0.6

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,545.5 2,533.0 2,546.0 2,575.5 30.0 1.2

Mining and logging

0.5 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

85.4 77.9 79.5 84.8 -0.6 -0.7

Manufacturing

192.3 192.7 192.4 193.2 0.9 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

402.5 407.5 407.7 411.1 8.6 2.1

Information

73.8 76.7 77.0 77.3 3.5 4.7

Financial activities

171.1 169.5 169.6 169.9 -1.2 -0.7

Professional and business services

430.3 431.8 431.0 438.3 8.0 1.9

Education and health services

541.3 545.8 550.3 551.2 9.9 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

240.0 227.1 232.0 241.3 1.3 0.5

Other services

97.4 97.4 98.9 100.1 2.7 2.8

Government

310.9 306.2 307.1 307.8 -3.1 -1.0

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,401.1 4,369.9 4,392.2 4,438.2 37.1 0.8

Mining and logging

1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

142.7 128.4 131.7 144.2 1.5 1.1

Manufacturing

409.0 406.1 406.6 404.2 -4.8 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

882.0 880.2 878.9 887.8 5.8 0.7

Information

80.3 79.3 79.5 78.8 -1.5 -1.9

Financial activities

287.4 284.8 285.3 284.7 -2.7 -0.9

Professional and business services

757.6 758.7 763.0 777.2 19.6 2.6

Education and health services

678.6 685.2 686.4 686.6 8.0 1.2

Leisure and hospitality

419.8 402.6 412.8 424.5 4.7 1.1

Other services

189.1 189.9 191.2 191.4 2.3 1.2

Government

553.3 553.5 555.6 557.6 4.3 0.8

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,064.0 3,123.8 3,146.3 3,179.9 115.9 3.8

Mining, logging, and construction

171.7 176.8 178.1 182.8 11.1 6.5

Manufacturing

257.0 255.0 255.7 254.0 -3.0 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

625.9 644.1 646.7 656.6 30.7 4.9

Information

78.5 80.0 81.0 80.1 1.6 2.0

Financial activities

250.8 252.0 251.6 251.9 1.1 0.4

Professional and business services

476.4 490.6 501.2 506.0 29.6 6.2

Education and health services

382.2 388.5 388.2 392.7 10.5 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

315.7 321.5 326.3 335.7 20.0 6.3

Other services

110.4 114.0 114.7 116.6 6.2 5.6

Government

395.4 401.3 402.8 403.5 8.1 2.0

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI

 

Total nonfarm

1,854.8 1,829.8 1,841.0 1,849.3 -5.5 -0.3

Mining, logging, and construction

53.2 49.1 51.0 53.7 0.5 0.9

Manufacturing

226.2 231.7 233.5 228.7 2.5 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

342.9 342.3 343.2 347.7 4.8 1.4

Information

27.1 26.8 26.8 26.8 -0.3 -1.1

Financial activities

102.1 98.1 97.6 97.4 -4.7 -4.6

Professional and business services

356.3 356.8 357.1 358.6 2.3 0.6

Education and health services

298.3 297.1 297.7 297.1 -1.2 -0.4

Leisure and hospitality

179.1 163.9 168.7 173.6 -5.5 -3.1

Other services

77.2 76.1 76.8 76.9 -0.3 -0.4

Government

192.4 187.9 188.6 188.8 -3.6 -1.9

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,777.0 2,828.3 2,847.2 2,862.8 85.8 3.1

Mining and logging

105.4 108.0 109.3 111.1 5.7 5.4

Construction

189.1 197.7 195.3 196.3 7.2 3.8

Manufacturing

250.0 255.9 256.5 257.5 7.5 3.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

558.7 567.1 574.9 573.5 14.8 2.6

Information

32.0 32.6 32.6 32.7 0.7 2.2

Financial activities

141.4 140.7 141.7 142.1 0.7 0.5

Professional and business services

424.8 428.9 433.0 437.0 12.2 2.9

Education and health services

334.8 340.0 341.3 344.9 10.1 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

269.7 275.5 278.2 281.9 12.2 4.5

Other services

97.9 100.0 100.8 101.8 3.9 4.0

Government

373.2 381.9 383.6 384.0 10.8 2.9

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,540.4 5,623.3 5,645.8 5,658.6 118.2 2.1

Mining and logging

5.0 5.2 5.2 5.2 0.2 4.0

Construction

188.8 202.7 206.3 208.4 19.6 10.4

Manufacturing

525.3 515.2 515.2 511.6 -13.7 -2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,019.3 1,037.1 1,033.7 1,036.6 17.3 1.7

Information

219.5 225.6 228.8 226.4 6.9 3.1

Financial activities

324.9 320.7 319.8 320.3 -4.6 -1.4

Professional and business services

847.5 877.0 881.6 882.3 34.8 4.1

Education and health services

890.8 921.4 927.1 930.6 39.8 4.5

Leisure and hospitality

619.6 620.6 622.4 631.6 12.0 1.9

Other services

190.7 192.7 193.6 194.9 4.2 2.2

Government

709.0 705.1 712.1 710.7 1.7 0.2

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,346.6 2,403.8 2,417.1 2,421.2 74.6 3.2

Mining and logging

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

89.6 95.4 96.4 98.1 8.5 9.5

Manufacturing

76.7 79.2 79.1 78.1 1.4 1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

544.4 561.8 564.0 562.1 17.7 3.3

Information

45.8 46.6 46.8 46.8 1.0 2.2

Financial activities

163.6 165.2 166.3 166.9 3.3 2.0

Professional and business services

370.5 382.6 384.7 386.4 15.9 4.3

Education and health services

347.1 352.8 353.9 356.1 9.0 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

290.4 296.5 301.9 301.9 11.5 4.0

Other services

111.7 114.8 115.1 115.5 3.8 3.4

Government

306.2 308.3 308.3 308.7 2.5 0.8

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

 

Total nonfarm

8,669.9 8,612.3 8,667.2 8,764.2 94.3 1.1

Mining, logging, and construction

317.4 290.8 299.6 318.4 1.0 0.3

Manufacturing

356.1 356.2 355.2 354.7 -1.4 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,578.3 1,594.5 1,602.0 1,611.4 33.1 2.1

Information

274.5 275.6 273.7 273.6 -0.9 -0.3

Financial activities

733.2 728.7 728.4 731.8 -1.4 -0.2

Professional and business services

1,372.1 1,366.0 1,371.2 1,395.9 23.8 1.7

Education and health services

1,636.6 1,651.1 1,665.7 1,668.0 31.4 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

765.1 731.2 743.3 774.1 9.0 1.2

Other services

379.4 380.6 383.8 385.9 6.5 1.7

Government

1,257.2 1,237.6 1,244.3 1,250.4 -6.8 -0.5

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,753.5 2,721.5 2,737.8 2,766.3 12.8 0.5

Mining, logging, and construction

101.9 97.4 100.9 104.1 2.2 2.2

Manufacturing

179.1 178.3 178.3 177.8 -1.3 -0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

502.4 498.9 502.5 504.6 2.2 0.4

Information

47.6 46.6 46.2 46.2 -1.4 -2.9

Financial activities

202.9 202.6 201.8 201.8 -1.1 -0.5

Professional and business services

435.1 430.9 431.6 440.8 5.7 1.3

Education and health services

578.0 579.7 581.0 586.4 8.4 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

239.3 227.1 232.1 241.6 2.3 1.0

Other services

120.9 117.8 119.1 119.6 -1.3 -1.1

Government

346.3 342.2 344.3 343.4 -2.9 -0.8

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,093.8 2,119.1 2,126.4 2,139.8 46.0 2.2

Mining and logging

1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2 -0.1 -7.7

Construction

91.3 95.0 95.0 96.8 5.5 6.0

Manufacturing

114.3 117.4 116.9 117.7 3.4 3.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

338.5 344.7 345.5 344.6 6.1 1.8

Information

72.6 74.0 74.3 74.7 2.1 2.9

Financial activities

125.9 125.7 125.4 125.8 -0.1 -0.1

Professional and business services

413.8 422.0 421.6 425.5 11.7 2.8

Education and health services

316.8 322.1 323.4 325.2 8.4 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

237.2 237.4 239.5 243.8 6.6 2.8

Other services

79.8 78.4 79.8 80.4 0.6 0.8

Government

302.3 301.2 303.8 304.1 1.8 0.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,078.6 3,049.0 3,064.1 3,084.9 6.3 0.2

Mining, logging, and construction

144.4 142.0 142.7 144.3 -0.1 -0.1

Manufacturing

48.4 45.6 45.6 46.1 -2.3 -4.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

383.7 385.9 386.2 392.1 8.4 2.2

Information

76.0 75.1 74.9 73.7 -2.3 -3.0

Financial activities

150.2 151.8 152.0 153.3 3.1 2.1

Professional and business services

710.5 691.1 695.8 701.9 -8.6 -1.2

Education and health services

395.9 401.0 401.3 401.4 5.5 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

288.1 282.2 288.1 294.4 6.3 2.2

Other services

188.8 188.3 188.5 189.1 0.3 0.2

Government

692.6 686.0 689.0 688.6 -4.0 -0.6

(p) preliminary

Last Modified Date: June 4, 2014