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17-1162-ATL
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Atlanta Area Employment – July 2017

Local Rate of Employment Growth Above the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,742,800 in July 2017, up 85,300, or 3.2 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Atlanta ranked first in the rate of job growth and third 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.)

Industry employment

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, the professional and business services industry had the largest employment gain from July 2016 to July 2017, up 33,700, or 6.9 percent. Nationwide, employment in professional and business services rose 2.9 percent from the previous July. (See chart 2.)

Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 15,300 since last July, the second-largest gain in the Atlanta area. The 5.3-percent rate of local job growth for this supersector was greater than the 2.1-percent national gain.

Education and health services was the only other supersector in the Atlanta area that gained at least 10,000 jobs since last July. This supersector added 10,600 jobs in the local area, a 3.2-percent increase. Nationwide, employment in education and health services rose 2.3 percent over the year.

Six of the eight remaining local supersectors had over-the-year job gains ranging from 6,600 to 2,500 in July 2017.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in July 2017. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 10 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.5 percent. Atlanta had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.2 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+3.1 percent) and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach (+3.0 percent). Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, up 0.7 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 176,400, followed by Dallas (+108,200). Chicago had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 33,100 jobs. Annual jobs gains in the remaining nine metropolitan areas ranged from 85,300 in Atlanta to 42,100 in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in seven areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Miami, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Metropolitan area employment data for August 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, September 15, 2017.


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 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 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/.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on July 15, 2015. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, 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, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton in Georgia.

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.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands), July 2017
Area and Industry
 
July
2016
May
2017
June
2017
July
2017(p)
July
2016 to July 2017(p)
Net changePercent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

144,203146,784147,407146,3682,1651.5

Mining and logging

672703716723517.6

Construction

6,9716,9387,1037,1571862.7

Manufacturing

12,43912,37512,49312,502630.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,24927,26127,41827,3781290.5

Information

2,7922,7202,7382,745-47-1.7

Financial activities

8,3808,4148,5038,5281481.8

Professional and business services

20,27120,67520,84120,8575862.9

Education and health services

22,29923,12322,89222,8065072.3

Leisure and hospitality

16,37916,15116,60916,7293502.1

Other services

5,7515,7735,8325,831801.4

Government

21,00022,65122,26221,1121120.5

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,657.52,745.72,759.52,742.885.33.2

Mining and logging

1.71.81.81.80.15.9

Construction

117.8122.4122.5121.94.13.5

Manufacturing

162.3162.4163.2162.2-0.1-0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

590.1597.7597.6596.76.61.1

Information

96.199.899.399.73.63.7

Financial activities

167.3173.0174.8173.66.33.8

Professional and business services

487.9513.3523.4521.633.76.9

Education and health services

329.6343.9340.9340.210.63.2

Leisure and hospitality

291.0299.4306.1306.315.35.3

Other services

99.798.6101.4102.32.62.6

Government

314.0333.4328.5316.52.50.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
 


Note: None of the statistics herein are seasonally adjusted.
 

 

Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
July
2016
May
2017
June
2017
July
2017(p)
July
2016 to July 2017(p)
Net changePercent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,657.52,745.72,759.52,742.885.33.2

Mining and logging

1.71.81.81.80.15.9

Construction

117.8122.4122.5121.94.13.5

Manufacturing

162.3162.4163.2162.2-0.1-0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

590.1597.7597.6596.76.61.1

Information

96.199.899.399.73.63.7

Financial activities

167.3173.0174.8173.66.33.8

Professional and business services

487.9513.3523.4521.633.76.9

Education and health services

329.6343.9340.9340.210.63.2

Leisure and hospitality

291.0299.4306.1306.315.35.3

Other services

99.798.6101.4102.32.62.6

Government

314.0333.4328.5316.52.50.8

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,722.22,756.52,789.72,779.257.02.1

Mining, logging, and construction

114.6111.5114.0116.51.91.7

Manufacturing

188.7185.1188.0188.4-0.3-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

424.4423.2431.2428.03.60.8

Information

79.278.379.679.60.40.5

Financial activities

190.4191.3193.5195.24.82.5

Professional and business services

478.7480.8486.4489.410.72.2

Education and health services

564.3586.9587.6587.222.94.1

Leisure and hospitality

282.3273.4283.5289.77.42.6

Other services

105.6103.9107.8109.43.83.6

Government

294.0322.1318.1295.81.80.6

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,686.14,701.44,745.64,719.233.10.7

Mining and logging

1.61.61.61.60.00.0

Construction

182.1175.1180.6182.20.10.1

Manufacturing

416.5413.3418.2417.10.60.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

945.4939.1947.8946.51.10.1

Information

80.783.584.684.53.84.7

Financial activities

302.2308.4311.5311.69.43.1

Professional and business services

829.5823.7836.4838.38.81.1

Education and health services

705.2728.2720.1709.84.60.7

Leisure and hospitality

489.6478.0494.3493.03.40.7

Other services

195.9195.4198.0198.52.61.3

Government

537.4555.1552.5536.1-1.3-0.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,503.03,612.13,624.03,611.2108.23.1

Mining, logging, and construction

206.7205.4207.6209.22.51.2

Manufacturing

266.2266.3268.8270.64.41.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

749.0762.2764.8765.116.12.1

Information

83.281.181.782.0-1.2-1.4

Financial activities

283.7292.0293.6295.011.34.0

Professional and business services

582.3604.8609.1611.829.55.1

Education and health services

429.2443.9440.3438.99.72.3

Leisure and hospitality

372.0390.2397.1396.024.06.5

Other services

124.2126.7128.2128.13.93.1

Government

406.5439.5432.8414.58.02.0

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,988.73,048.23,061.23,042.954.21.8

Mining and logging

86.786.986.387.30.60.7

Construction

218.4216.2215.1210.1-8.3-3.8

Manufacturing

221.8230.6234.1234.712.95.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

608.1601.3603.2603.5-4.6-0.8

Information

33.132.032.232.4-0.7-2.1

Financial activities

156.2156.2156.2157.91.71.1

Professional and business services

470.4478.0486.1487.016.63.5

Education and health services

378.9391.3390.5391.913.03.4

Leisure and hospitality

317.5326.0330.7328.911.43.6

Other services

110.4110.8113.2112.11.71.5

Government

387.2418.9413.6397.19.92.6

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,919.86,042.36,040.25,993.073.21.2

Mining and logging

4.13.94.04.0-0.1-2.4

Construction

233.2239.6243.8250.617.47.5

Manufacturing

517.1509.2510.9510.3-6.8-1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,088.01,077.91,079.41,082.9-5.1-0.5

Information

250.2257.5256.0253.12.91.2

Financial activities

340.0337.8337.9339.4-0.6-0.2

Professional and business services

906.7909.0914.3909.02.30.3

Education and health services

950.51,001.0983.3975.424.92.6

Leisure and hospitality

730.1736.5742.8747.016.92.3

Other services

204.0211.0210.0210.56.53.2

Government

695.9758.9757.8710.814.92.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,543.62,656.32,625.92,620.476.83.0

Mining and logging

0.70.70.70.70.00.0

Construction

123.3128.4128.3130.06.75.4

Manufacturing

87.288.187.087.0-0.2-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

587.9598.8600.2598.410.51.8

Information

49.449.149.049.0-0.4-0.8

Financial activities

176.4174.9175.6176.3-0.1-0.1

Professional and business services

422.8437.7436.5432.19.32.2

Education and health services

374.9397.1397.5396.721.85.8

Leisure and hospitality

312.4336.4330.7329.116.75.3

Other services

124.2128.9130.0131.27.05.6

Government

284.4316.2290.4289.95.51.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,560.19,678.79,775.69,736.5176.41.8

Mining, logging, and construction

398.4393.2399.2403.45.01.3

Manufacturing

368.2363.9366.7365.2-3.0-0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,713.71,719.71,735.11,719.35.60.3

Information

293.6284.9286.1284.4-9.2-3.1

Financial activities

783.4774.1787.2793.610.21.3

Professional and business services

1,536.71,543.01,571.41,575.839.12.5

Education and health services

1,817.21,932.41,910.71,893.876.64.2

Leisure and hospitality

946.6928.5976.1984.738.14.0

Other services

419.7423.0430.7429.29.52.3

Government

1,282.61,316.01,312.41,287.14.50.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,857.92,926.32,941.62,912.554.61.9

Mining, logging, and construction

117.5118.4120.8120.93.42.9

Manufacturing

180.1176.8178.4178.6-1.5-0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

520.0524.1528.3525.55.51.1

Information

47.246.247.147.1-0.1-0.2

Financial activities

214.1214.4216.4217.13.01.4

Professional and business services

464.3473.0479.9478.213.93.0

Education and health services

609.1639.6627.7628.119.03.1

Leisure and hospitality

270.9271.2283.1284.313.44.9

Other services

120.8119.8122.0120.2-0.6-0.5

Government

313.9342.8337.9312.5-1.4-0.4

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,926.82,009.91,982.71,968.942.12.2

Mining and logging

3.33.23.23.2-0.1-3.0

Construction

107.3109.0109.0111.13.83.5

Manufacturing

120.1121.6123.3123.53.42.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

383.5386.9387.0388.14.61.2

Information

36.636.435.334.8-1.8-4.9

Financial activities

175.2181.7181.2180.65.43.1

Professional and business services

337.3340.2340.9340.43.10.9

Education and health services

286.1300.1297.2294.58.42.9

Leisure and hospitality

207.7230.3226.3222.514.87.1

Other services

63.961.861.361.4-2.5-3.9

Government

205.8238.7218.0208.83.01.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,346.12,380.62,392.72,388.542.41.8

Mining and logging

1.01.01.01.00.00.0

Construction

115.9118.6121.0124.88.97.7

Manufacturing

133.7131.4132.0133.0-0.7-0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

376.7375.5376.8378.72.00.5

Information

101.399.9102.3103.52.22.2

Financial activities

143.0145.4147.1148.15.13.6

Professional and business services

476.0470.8473.9472.9-3.1-0.7

Education and health services

334.9349.6347.3345.010.13.0

Leisure and hospitality

271.2273.3279.3280.49.23.4

Other services

86.587.488.589.22.73.1

Government

305.9327.7323.5311.96.02.0

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,238.43,285.03,312.63,321.583.12.6

Mining, logging, and construction

159.1158.5159.8163.84.73.0

Manufacturing

54.253.654.354.30.10.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

406.2409.3414.5412.96.71.6

Information

74.970.871.671.6-3.3-4.4

Financial activities

159.3157.2158.6159.1-0.2-0.1

Professional and business services

745.9753.4758.2761.916.02.1

Education and health services

424.8443.2443.4447.722.95.4

Leisure and hospitality

333.6337.6347.9350.216.65.0

Other services

197.5194.5198.1199.62.11.1

Government

682.9706.9706.2700.417.52.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017