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17-1345-ATL
Friday, September 29, 2017

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Miami Area Employment – August 2017

Local Rate of Employment Growth Above the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,635,500 in August 2017, up 61,900, or 2.4 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Nationally, employment increased 1.5 percent from August 2016 to August 2017. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the local area has had over-the-year employment gains of 50,000 or more since October 2012. (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.)

The Miami area is made up of three metropolitan divisions—separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area. All three divisions gained jobs over the year. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, the largest of the three divisions with 45 percent of the area’s employment, added 19,300 jobs from August a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach division, which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, added 26,900 jobs. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach division, with 23 percent of the workforce, added 15,700 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Leisure and hospitality had the largest over-the-year increase in the local area, adding 14,800 jobs from August 2016 to August 2017, with the majority of job gains (+7,300) in the Miami metropolitan division. The supersector’s rate of job growth in the Miami metropolitan area, at 4.7-percent, was more than double the 2.0-percent gain nationally. (See chart 2.)

Education and health services had the second largest over-the-year increase in jobs locally in August 2017, growing by 14,400 or 3.8 percent. This supersector gained jobs in all three metropolitan divisions from August a year ago, with the largest increase (+5,900) in the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan division. Nationwide, employment in this industry grew 2.1 percent over the 12-month period.

The trade, transportation, and utilities supersector in the Miami area added 8,800 jobs from August 2016 to August 2017, a gain of 1.5 percent. Job growth in this industry was in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metropolitan divisions. Nationally, employment in this supersector was up 0.4 percent.

Two other supersectors gained at least 7,000 jobs over the year in the Miami metropolitan area. Construction added 7,800 jobs in August 2017, an increase of 6.3 percent, with gains occurring in the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach metropolitan divisions. Nationally, employment in this industry grew 3.0 percent over the year. Employment in the other services industry sector was up 7,700 jobs in the local area, an increase of 6.2 percent from August 2016 compared to the 1.6-percent gain nationally.

Financial activities was the only supersector in the Miami area that lost more than 1,000 jobs from August 2016, down 1,600 (-0.9 percent). Nationally this supersector added jobs over the 12-month period, advancing 1.8 percent.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in August 2017. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in nine areas exceeding the national increase of 1.5 percent. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.2 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at 2.8 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim had the slowest rates of job growth at 0.5 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs, 145,900, followed by Dallas (+96,700) and Atlanta (+86,400). Chicago had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 24,700 jobs. Annual job gains in the other eight metropolitan areas ranged from 67,600 to 34,900.

Over the year, education and health services had the largest employment gain in five areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Professional and business services gained the most jobs in four areas: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

Information lost the most jobs over the year in three areas: Dallas, New York, and Washington. Atlanta had no annual job losses in any supersector.

Metropolitan area employment data for September 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, October 20, 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 are available for metropolitan areas or metropolitan divisions upon request. Measures of sampling error for states down to the supersector level are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/sae/benchmark2017.pdf.

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 online at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Fla., Metropolitan Statistical Area
includes the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach in Florida.

  • The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla., Metropolitan Division includes Broward County in Florida.
  • The Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla., Metropolitan Division includes Miami-Dade County in Florida
  • The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray, Fla., Metropolitan Division includes Palm Beach County in Florida.

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 CES program are also available in the above mentioned news releases and from the BLS website 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 Miami metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Aug
2016
June
2017
July
2017
Aug
2017(p)
Aug 2016 to Aug 2017(p)
Net changePercent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

144,441147,421146,330146,5412,1001.5

Mining and logging

670716723728588.7

Construction

6,9757,1067,1457,1812063.0

Manufacturing

12,43012,49612,51712,5721421.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,25927,41327,37627,3601010.4

Information

2,7902,7382,7342,721-69-2.5

Financial activities

8,3818,5058,5368,5321511.8

Professional and business services

20,32120,86120,87420,9286073.0

Education and health services

22,35422,89422,80722,8314772.1

Leisure and hospitality

16,33016,61816,74016,6633332.0

Other services

5,7295,8315,8345,821921.6

Government

21,20222,24321,04421,20420.0

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,573.62,625.92,619.32,635.561.92.4

Mining and logging

0.70.70.70.70.00.0

Construction

124.2128.3129.8132.07.86.3

Manufacturing

87.787.087.087.90.20.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

588.7600.2598.4597.58.81.5

Information

49.949.049.049.1-0.8-1.6

Financial activities

176.4175.6177.0174.8-1.6-0.9

Professional and business services

426.8436.5432.6431.85.01.2

Education and health services

377.6397.5394.9392.014.43.8

Leisure and hospitality

312.7330.7329.2327.514.84.7

Other services

124.0130.0130.8131.77.76.2

Government

304.9290.4289.9310.55.61.8

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

1,153.71,164.71,163.61,173.019.31.7

Mining and logging

0.50.50.50.50.00.0

Construction

45.243.543.844.8-0.4-0.9

Manufacturing

41.139.940.240.5-0.6-1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

290.3297.2296.7296.66.32.2

Information

19.719.119.119.2-0.5-2.5

Financial activities

79.078.879.378.7-0.3-0.4

Professional and business services

169.6167.8167.1167.6-2.0-1.2

Education and health services

176.3183.7182.5180.54.22.4

Leisure and hospitality

138.3145.5145.9145.67.35.3

Other services

53.555.956.856.73.26.0

Government

140.2132.8131.7142.32.11.5

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

818.1845.6841.2845.026.93.3

Construction

44.247.548.348.94.710.6

Manufacturing

27.527.928.028.30.82.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

184.5188.4187.4187.32.81.5

Information

19.119.119.119.10.00.0

Financial activities

57.357.958.957.60.30.5

Professional and business services

146.8154.7151.9150.73.92.7

Education and health services

105.2113.1111.6111.15.95.6

Leisure and hospitality

92.897.395.996.63.84.1

Other services

38.240.540.840.82.66.8

Government

102.499.199.2104.52.12.1

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

601.8615.6614.5617.515.72.6

Construction

34.837.337.738.33.510.1

Manufacturing

19.119.218.819.10.00.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

113.9114.6114.3113.6-0.3-0.3

Information

11.110.810.810.8-0.3-2.7

Financial activities

40.138.938.838.5-1.6-4.0

Professional and business services

110.4114.0113.6113.53.12.8

Education and health services

96.1100.7100.8100.44.34.5

Leisure and hospitality

81.687.987.485.33.74.5

Other services

32.333.633.234.21.95.9

Government

62.358.559.063.71.42.2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
 


 

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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,675.32,759.52,746.22,761.786.43.2

Mining and logging

1.81.81.81.80.00.0

Construction

118.3122.5121.7120.62.31.9

Manufacturing

162.5163.2162.3162.90.40.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

589.8597.6597.4599.29.41.6

Information

94.099.399.298.64.64.9

Financial activities

167.3174.8173.8172.95.63.3

Professional and business services

491.4523.4520.4524.933.56.8

Education and health services

334.9340.9340.5344.29.32.8

Leisure and hospitality

290.3306.1305.8301.511.23.9

Other services

99.0101.4102.5102.63.63.6

Government

326.0328.5320.8332.56.52.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,710.62,789.72,782.02,774.063.42.3

Mining, logging, and construction

114.2114.0116.2116.62.42.1

Manufacturing

188.4188.0188.3188.1-0.3-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

423.4431.2428.7426.02.60.6

Information

79.579.678.879.1-0.4-0.5

Financial activities

190.1193.5195.0193.93.82.0

Professional and business services

477.8486.4488.9491.814.02.9

Education and health services

561.2587.6589.4584.423.24.1

Leisure and hospitality

281.8283.5291.1290.68.83.1

Other services

104.6107.8109.5111.36.76.4

Government

289.6318.1296.1292.22.60.9

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,685.14,745.64,718.74,709.824.70.5

Mining and logging

1.61.61.61.60.00.0

Construction

182.1180.6181.9183.91.81.0

Manufacturing

415.4418.2416.4412.7-2.7-0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

945.6947.8945.2945.0-0.6-0.1

Information

81.284.684.783.92.73.3

Financial activities

302.2311.5312.0311.59.33.1

Professional and business services

832.5836.4839.2840.17.60.9

Education and health services

704.9720.1709.2707.82.90.4

Leisure and hospitality

489.2494.3493.4492.43.20.7

Other services

195.4198.0198.5197.82.41.2

Government

535.0552.5536.6533.1-1.9-0.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,516.23,624.03,608.93,612.996.72.8

Mining, logging, and construction

207.1207.6209.1210.53.41.6

Manufacturing

265.8268.8270.7272.87.02.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

753.7764.8764.9768.214.51.9

Information

83.181.782.381.7-1.4-1.7

Financial activities

284.0293.6294.6293.59.53.3

Professional and business services

586.8609.1609.7611.925.14.3

Education and health services

432.8440.3439.9440.77.91.8

Leisure and hospitality

371.9397.1395.2390.518.65.0

Other services

122.9128.2128.3127.64.73.8

Government

408.1432.8414.2415.57.41.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,984.33,061.23,041.73,037.853.51.8

Mining and logging

86.486.387.487.00.60.7

Construction

216.2215.1210.7211.7-4.5-2.1

Manufacturing

220.3234.1235.2233.112.85.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

609.2603.2603.7604.1-5.1-0.8

Information

32.732.232.431.9-0.8-2.4

Financial activities

156.2156.2157.8158.72.51.6

Professional and business services

470.8486.1486.7486.315.53.3

Education and health services

382.8390.5392.2396.914.13.7

Leisure and hospitality

317.8330.7329.2328.010.23.2

Other services

109.4113.2112.2110.71.31.2

Government

382.5413.6394.2389.46.91.8

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,939.86,040.25,971.05,977.938.10.6

Mining and logging

4.14.04.04.0-0.1-2.4

Construction

234.6243.8249.3251.717.17.3

Manufacturing

516.1510.9509.8509.1-7.0-1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,090.71,079.41,081.71,083.6-7.1-0.7

Information

255.5256.0252.5253.7-1.8-0.7

Financial activities

339.7337.9339.7340.00.30.1

Professional and business services

908.4914.3909.6915.26.80.7

Education and health services

957.2983.3978.4977.720.52.1

Leisure and hospitality

733.0742.8745.8740.87.81.1

Other services

203.3210.0211.0212.79.44.6

Government

697.2757.8689.2689.4-7.8-1.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,573.62,625.92,619.32,635.561.92.4

Mining and logging

0.70.70.70.70.00.0

Construction

124.2128.3129.8132.07.86.3

Manufacturing

87.787.087.087.90.20.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

588.7600.2598.4597.58.81.5

Information

49.949.049.049.1-0.8-1.6

Financial activities

176.4175.6177.0174.8-1.6-0.9

Professional and business services

426.8436.5432.6431.85.01.2

Education and health services

377.6397.5394.9392.014.43.8

Leisure and hospitality

312.7330.7329.2327.514.84.7

Other services

124.0130.0130.8131.77.76.2

Government

304.9290.4289.9310.55.61.8

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,516.99,775.69,726.39,662.8145.91.5

Mining, logging, and construction

400.9399.2401.7404.83.91.0

Manufacturing

368.0366.7365.4367.1-0.9-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,710.51,735.11,717.21,707.7-2.8-0.2

Information

292.7286.1285.7286.5-6.2-2.1

Financial activities

783.3787.2792.7788.85.50.7

Professional and business services

1,539.01,571.41,573.31,567.728.71.9

Education and health services

1,809.01,910.71,887.21,874.165.13.6

Leisure and hospitality

937.0976.1987.3980.943.94.7

Other services

417.7430.7429.7425.67.91.9

Government

1,258.81,312.41,286.11,259.60.80.1

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,852.82,941.62,916.72,904.351.51.8

Mining, logging, and construction

117.8120.8121.2120.62.82.4

Manufacturing

179.7178.4179.3179.1-0.6-0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

520.5528.3525.2522.92.40.5

Information

47.047.146.346.1-0.9-1.9

Financial activities

214.2216.4217.1216.52.31.1

Professional and business services

462.3479.9479.8479.016.73.6

Education and health services

607.5627.7629.3622.915.42.5

Leisure and hospitality

271.2283.1283.7284.112.94.8

Other services

120.5122.0120.5119.3-1.2-1.0

Government

312.1337.9314.3313.81.70.5

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,961.71,982.71,967.71,996.634.91.8

Mining and logging

3.33.23.23.2-0.1-3.0

Construction

107.6109.0110.5109.92.32.1

Manufacturing

120.2123.3123.2123.63.42.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

384.4387.0387.2386.92.50.7

Information

35.935.334.333.6-2.3-6.4

Financial activities

176.2181.2180.5180.94.72.7

Professional and business services

338.9340.9339.9341.52.60.8

Education and health services

292.4297.2295.5301.08.62.9

Leisure and hospitality

211.4226.3223.0222.811.45.4

Other services

63.661.361.661.2-2.4-3.8

Government

227.8218.0208.8232.04.21.8

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,351.52,392.72,388.12,392.240.71.7

Mining and logging

1.01.01.01.00.00.0

Construction

116.2121.0122.8123.47.26.2

Manufacturing

133.9132.0132.8133.6-0.3-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

378.1376.8378.8379.21.10.3

Information

101.8102.3103.2102.91.11.1

Financial activities

142.9147.1147.7147.24.33.0

Professional and business services

477.3473.9474.0473.5-3.8-0.8

Education and health services

334.2347.3345.1345.711.53.4

Leisure and hospitality

271.9279.3281.1282.710.84.0

Other services

86.288.588.989.12.93.4

Government

308.0323.5312.7313.95.91.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,227.33,312.63,323.43,294.967.62.1

Mining, logging, and construction

159.2159.8163.9165.05.83.6

Manufacturing

54.254.354.454.70.50.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

406.0414.5413.2412.76.71.7

Information

74.571.671.471.2-3.3-4.4

Financial activities

159.3158.6159.6159.1-0.2-0.1

Professional and business services

746.2758.2764.8762.716.52.2

Education and health services

425.2443.4445.9444.919.74.6

Leisure and hospitality

332.0347.9349.1346.414.44.3

Other services

196.6198.1200.4199.93.31.7

Government

674.1706.2700.7678.34.20.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, September 29, 2017