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18-703-ATL
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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Miami Area Employment – March 2018

Local Rate of Employment Growth Below the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,672,100 in March 2018, up 30,100, or 1.1 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Miami area has had over-the-year employment gains each month since October 2017. (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 12,500 jobs from March a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Division, which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, gained 11,500 jobs, while the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach Division added 6,100 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Construction had the largest over-the-year increase in the local area in March 2018, adding 10,300 jobs. All three metropolitan divisions gained construction jobs from March 2017, with the largest increase in the Miami metropolitan division (+4,200). The supersector’s local rate of job growth, at 8.0 percent, was more than double the 3.7-percent gain nationally. (See chart 2.)

Professional and business services had the second largest over-the-year increase in jobs locally from March 2017 to March 2018, growing by 7,100 or 1.6 percent. Nationwide, employment in this supersector increased 2.5 percent.

Manufacturing in the local area added 5,400 jobs in March 2018, up 6.1 percent from March 2017. Over two-thirds of growth in this supersector occurred in the Miami metropolitan division (+3,900). Nationally, jobs in manufacturing gained 1.9 percent from March 2017.

Three other supersectors gained at least 2,000 jobs over the year in the Miami area—leisure and hospitality (+2,300), education and health services (+2,200), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,000).

Information was the only supersector in the Miami area to have an employment decline from March 2017 to March 2018, losing 1,300 jobs (-2.5 percent). Nationally, employment in this supersector declined 1.9 percent over the 12-month period.

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 March 2018. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in four areas exceeding the national increase of 1.6 percent. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.2 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, 2.8 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, 0.5 percent, followed by Boston-Cambridge-Nashua at 0.9 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The New York-Newark-Jersey City area added the largest number of jobs over the year, 121,800, followed by Dallas (+101,200). Chicago had the smallest employment gain of 22,400 jobs, followed by Boston (+25,600). Annual gains in the remaining eight metropolitan areas ranged from 87,100 in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim to 30,100 in Miami.

Over the year, professional and business services had the largest employment gain in five areas—Boston, Dallas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Education and health services added the most jobs in four areas—Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and Phoenix.

The information supersector had the largest over-the-year losses in three areas. Dallas was the only metropolitan area to have no annual job losses in any supersector.

Metropolitan area employment data for April 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, May 18, 2018.


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 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. CES State and Area employment data are produced using several estimation procedures. Where possible these data are produced using a "weighted link relative" estimation technique in which a ratio of current-month weighted employment to that of the previous-month weighted employment is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are then obtained by multiplying these ratios by the previous month's employment estimates. The weighted link relative technique is utilized for data series where the sample size meets certain statistical criteria.

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 the total nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm. Measures of sampling error for more detailed series at the area and division level are available upon request. Measures of sampling error for states down to the supersector level are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm. Measures of nonsampling error are not available for the areas contained in this news release. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/web/laus/benchmark.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 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 Beach, 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 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 Miami metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and IndustryMar
2017
Jan
2018
Feb
2018
Mar
2018(p)
Mar 2017 to Mar 2018(p)
Net changePercent change

United States

Total nonfarm

145,078145,435146,667147,3322,2541.6

Mining and logging

650693702712629.5

Construction

6,6346,6926,7976,8802463.7

Manufacturing

12,34012,48112,53312,5752351.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,10427,46327,32927,4103061.1

Information

2,8032,7232,7522,751-52-1.9

Financial activities

8,3638,4578,4898,4991361.6

Professional and business services

20,07020,32620,46920,5684982.5

Education and health services

23,18523,24123,59023,6224371.9

Leisure and hospitality

15,52415,44015,59415,8243001.9

Other services

5,7125,7515,7805,797851.5

Government

22,69322,16822,63222,69410.0

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

Total nonfarm

2,642.02,640.92,664.62,672.130.11.1

Mining and logging

0.70.70.80.80.114.3

Construction

128.2132.0136.0138.510.38.0

Manufacturing

88.991.492.894.35.46.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

597.0600.9600.5599.02.00.3

Information

52.050.350.850.7-1.3-2.5

Financial activities

179.0178.0178.8179.30.30.2

Professional and business services

432.4436.2443.5439.57.11.6

Education and health services

392.2391.1393.4394.42.20.6

Leisure and hospitality

331.7326.0329.9334.02.30.7

Other services

123.8123.1123.7125.41.61.3

Government

316.1311.2314.4316.20.10.0

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,178.21,177.11,191.41,190.712.51.1

Mining and logging

0.50.50.60.60.120.0

Construction

46.747.049.850.94.29.0

Manufacturing

41.743.944.845.63.99.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

293.5295.9296.5294.10.60.2

Information

19.518.919.019.0-0.5-2.6

Financial activities

81.179.380.179.7-1.4-1.7

Professional and business services

170.8173.4177.0174.23.42.0

Education and health services

183.0186.2187.0186.73.72.0

Leisure and hospitality

143.3138.6140.6143.1-0.2-0.1

Other services

51.950.951.651.90.00.0

Government

146.2142.5144.4144.9-1.3-0.9

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

Total nonfarm

837.6841.9845.8849.111.51.4

Construction

46.148.148.149.53.47.4

Manufacturing

27.527.527.828.40.93.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

186.8188.1187.7188.31.50.8

Information

20.420.320.520.40.00.0

Financial activities

57.958.157.858.70.81.4

Professional and business services

148.7152.0152.8150.51.81.2

Education and health services

110.1109.0110.4111.11.00.9

Leisure and hospitality

96.295.096.296.20.00.0

Other services

38.538.939.040.21.74.4

Government

105.3104.8105.4105.70.40.4

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

Total nonfarm

626.2621.9627.4632.36.11.0

Construction

35.436.938.138.12.77.6

Manufacturing

19.720.020.220.30.63.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

116.7116.9116.3116.6-0.1-0.1

Information

12.111.111.311.3-0.8-6.6

Financial activities

40.040.640.940.90.92.3

Professional and business services

112.9110.8113.7114.81.91.7

Education and health services

99.195.996.096.6-2.5-2.5

Leisure and hospitality

92.292.493.194.72.52.7

Other services

33.433.333.133.3-0.1-0.3

Government

64.663.964.665.61.01.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and IndustryMar
2017
Jan
2018
Feb
2018
Mar
2018(p)
Mar 2017 to Mar 2018(p)
Net changePercent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,698.12,713.62,736.02,743.345.21.7

Mining and logging

1.61.61.61.60.00.0

Construction

118.5120.7124.3123.55.04.2

Manufacturing

167.1167.8168.7168.61.50.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

595.7609.7609.6613.117.42.9

Information

98.892.492.690.8-8.0-8.1

Financial activities

168.6167.1168.8169.10.50.3

Professional and business services

494.8490.0494.3495.30.50.1

Education and health services

338.6346.3350.2354.315.74.6

Leisure and hospitality

283.6284.3289.7291.88.22.9

Other services

98.199.499.498.90.80.8

Government

332.7334.3336.8336.33.61.1

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,695.72,696.12,708.02,721.325.60.9

Mining, logging, and construction

102.7107.8107.5108.45.75.6

Manufacturing

185.3186.9187.0187.92.61.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

415.9420.8413.9415.0-0.9-0.2

Information

79.379.279.780.10.81.0

Financial activities

183.2181.5182.2181.3-1.9-1.0

Professional and business services

470.8479.1481.1485.815.03.2

Education and health services

583.4574.1587.7588.65.20.9

Leisure and hospitality

257.7256.5253.9258.60.90.3

Other services

100.7101.6101.3100.70.00.0

Government

316.7308.6313.7314.9-1.8-0.6

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,631.84,604.84,632.04,654.222.40.5

Mining and logging

1.41.51.51.50.17.1

Construction

159.0155.6157.4164.95.93.7

Manufacturing

413.6415.7418.2421.37.71.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

937.1942.3938.5941.54.40.5

Information

80.675.976.075.9-4.7-5.8

Financial activities

300.8305.8306.7307.06.22.1

Professional and business services

805.5798.4802.4798.5-7.0-0.9

Education and health services

726.8720.7730.8731.34.50.6

Leisure and hospitality

463.0455.9452.3460.6-2.4-0.5

Other services

194.6192.4193.3193.7-0.9-0.5

Government

549.4540.6554.9558.08.61.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,555.63,616.23,645.73,656.8101.22.8

Mining, logging, and construction

210.3210.3215.6216.96.63.1

Manufacturing

268.1273.1276.3275.57.42.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

754.4774.9769.7771.517.12.3

Information

84.383.684.084.50.20.2

Financial activities

289.5295.5296.8296.87.32.5

Professional and business services

584.3592.7600.6603.819.53.3

Education and health services

440.2449.0451.2452.512.32.8

Leisure and hospitality

366.9378.2381.5381.514.64.0

Other services

120.2122.8123.7126.36.15.1

Government

437.4436.1446.3447.510.12.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,009.53,032.13,061.53,072.062.52.1

Mining and logging

76.778.578.577.81.11.4

Construction

216.4219.8226.2227.110.74.9

Manufacturing

218.9221.4222.7222.63.71.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

610.0622.1623.6623.313.32.2

Information

32.531.831.731.4-1.1-3.4

Financial activities

157.7160.4161.3161.43.72.3

Professional and business services

475.6489.3496.0501.626.05.5

Education and health services

383.4380.4385.0385.31.90.5

Leisure and hospitality

315.5312.5314.0316.71.20.4

Other services

109.0108.9108.2109.70.70.6

Government

413.8407.0414.3415.11.30.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,011.06,056.66,083.56,098.187.11.4

Mining and logging

2.92.92.92.90.00.0

Construction

233.8238.7244.8242.48.63.7

Manufacturing

510.7503.4507.5507.8-2.9-0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,087.21,109.01,093.81,087.60.40.0

Information

239.9231.1240.5242.32.41.0

Financial activities

337.5338.9339.9339.11.60.5

Professional and business services

900.9916.6919.9922.021.12.3

Education and health services

1,007.01,025.91,030.41,037.230.23.0

Leisure and hospitality

728.8740.0748.8755.026.23.6

Other services

204.3200.5199.7200.6-3.7-1.8

Government

758.0749.6755.3761.23.20.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,642.02,640.92,664.62,672.130.11.1

Mining and logging

0.70.70.80.80.114.3

Construction

128.2132.0136.0138.510.38.0

Manufacturing

88.991.492.894.35.46.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

597.0600.9600.5599.02.00.3

Information

52.050.350.850.7-1.3-2.5

Financial activities

179.0178.0178.8179.30.30.2

Professional and business services

432.4436.2443.5439.57.11.6

Education and health services

392.2391.1393.4394.42.20.6

Leisure and hospitality

331.7326.0329.9334.02.30.7

Other services

123.8123.1123.7125.41.61.3

Government

316.1311.2314.4316.20.10.0

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

Total nonfarm

9,549.89,541.89,624.69,671.6121.81.3

Mining, logging, and construction

377.7375.3381.7385.47.72.0

Manufacturing

363.4359.1360.4362.8-0.6-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,712.51,750.81,735.31,738.626.11.5

Information

285.7279.6283.1285.5-0.2-0.1

Financial activities

768.2772.4773.6773.75.50.7

Professional and business services

1,511.61,519.01,530.91,536.825.21.7

Education and health services

1,929.41,932.01,973.01,983.854.42.8

Leisure and hospitality

873.8856.6863.2876.32.50.3

Other services

416.7416.4420.2418.21.50.4

Government

1,310.81,280.61,303.21,310.5-0.30.0

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

Total nonfarm

2,880.62,875.92,896.22,916.135.51.2

Mining, logging, and construction

112.0105.9108.8110.4-1.6-1.4

Manufacturing

178.6179.5180.4180.01.40.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

515.1524.4521.3523.48.31.6

Information

45.944.844.845.0-0.9-2.0

Financial activities

212.8213.9214.2214.61.80.8

Professional and business services

457.8456.9458.4463.05.21.1

Education and health services

641.1644.7657.3658.217.12.7

Leisure and hospitality

255.8251.0250.4258.12.30.9

Other services

119.4118.4118.2118.9-0.5-0.4

Government

342.1336.4342.4344.52.40.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,027.02,053.02,081.52,092.665.63.2

Mining and logging

3.13.13.13.20.13.2

Construction

109.6116.6118.1119.19.58.7

Manufacturing

120.2127.3127.8128.48.26.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

388.9397.9398.5400.311.42.9

Information

35.735.435.935.80.10.3

Financial activities

184.2188.4190.0189.55.32.9

Professional and business services

340.6344.0348.7350.710.13.0

Education and health services

305.5314.3318.6319.213.74.5

Leisure and hospitality

227.7222.6228.7234.36.62.9

Other services

65.865.665.065.5-0.3-0.5

Government

245.7237.8247.1246.60.90.4

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,379.72,397.92,410.82,416.136.41.5

Mining and logging

0.40.50.50.50.125.0

Construction

114.3116.8118.6119.24.94.3

Manufacturing

137.8141.0141.3141.94.13.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

378.2384.8381.9380.62.40.6

Information

103.3107.4108.5108.65.35.1

Financial activities

141.6142.7142.5142.30.70.5

Professional and business services

474.2480.7485.2486.111.92.5

Education and health services

351.4351.1356.1358.26.81.9

Leisure and hospitality

268.7267.4267.7268.6-0.10.0

Other services

86.384.585.084.1-2.2-2.5

Government

323.5321.0323.5326.02.50.8

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

Total nonfarm

3,250.63,256.23,277.73,288.638.01.2

Mining, logging, and construction

156.0156.9158.5160.84.83.1

Manufacturing

54.654.254.654.60.00.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

400.4405.9402.3406.05.61.4

Information

74.174.374.975.11.01.3

Financial activities

155.7157.7157.9158.12.41.5

Professional and business services

737.9744.5751.5747.69.71.3

Education and health services

438.3443.9445.2446.58.21.9

Leisure and hospitality

319.0320.5321.4326.47.42.3

Other services

206.0205.8208.8208.02.01.0

Government

708.6692.5702.6705.5-3.1-0.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2018