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19-1383-ATL
Wednesday, August 07, 2019

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Business Employment Dynamics in Georgia – Fourth Quarter 2018

From September 2018 to December 2018, gross job gains from opening and expanding private-sector establishments in Georgia totaled 238,969, while gross job losses from closing and contracting private-sector establishments numbered 217,289, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the difference between the number of gross job gains and the number of gross job losses yielded a net employment gain of 21,680 jobs in Georgia’s private-sector during the fourth quarter of 2018. During the previous quarter, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses by 19,176. (See chart 1.)

The change in the number of jobs over time is the net result of increases and decreases in employment that occur at all businesses in the economy. Business Employment Dynamics (BED) statistics track these changes in employment at private business establishments from the third month of one quarter to the third month of the next. The difference between the number of gross job gains and the number of gross job losses is the net change in employment. (See the Technical Note for more information.)

Georgia’s gross job gains numbered 238,969 in the fourth quarter of 2018, a decrease of 14,280 from the previous quarter. Georgia’s level of gross job gains have remained above 200,000 each quarter since the fourth quarter of 2009. Georgia’s gross job losses numbered 217,289 in the fourth quarter of 2018, below the recent peak of 240,874 gross job losses in the second quarter of 2018. (See chart 1.)

Gross job gains represented 6.3 percent of private-sector employment in Georgia in the fourth quarter of 2018; nationally gross job gains accounted for 6.1 percent of private-sector employment. (See chart 2.) Gross job losses accounted for 5.7 percent of private-sector employment in Georgia in the fourth quarter of 2018, while nationally gross job losses accounted for 5.6 percent of private-sector employment in the fourth quarter of 2018.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses in 8 of the 11 industry sectors in Georgia. The transportation and warehousing industry created 17,513 jobs in opening and expanding establishments, but lost 9,063 jobs in closing and contracting establishments. The resulting net gain of 8,450 jobs was the largest of any sector in Georgia in the fourth quarter of 2018. In professional and business services, 52,395 jobs were created in opening and expanding establishments, while 46,565 jobs were lost in closing and contracting establishments, resulting in a net gain of 5,830 jobs. Georgia’s education and health services industry had a net gain net gain of 3,689 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2018. Among the five other sectors with net employment gains, gross job gains exceeded gross job losses by less than 3,000.

In contrast, gross job losses exceeded gross job gains in three industries in Georgia: information, retail trade, and other services. The information industry had the largest net employment decrease, with a loss of 4,295 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2018. The remaining two industries each had net employment losses below 2,300. (See table 1.)

Additional statistics and other information

BED data for the states have been included in table 2 of this release. For more information on the Business Employment Dynamics data, visit the BED web site at www.bls.gov/bdm.

The Business Employment Dynamics for the First Quarter 2019 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.


Technical Note

The Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data are a product of a federal-state cooperative program known as Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). The BED data are compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from existing QCEW records. Most employers in the U.S. are required to file quarterly reports on the employment and wages of workers covered by unemployment insurance (UI) laws, and to pay quarterly UI taxes. The QCEW is based largely on quarterly UI reports which are sent by businesses to the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). These UI reports are supplemented by two additional BLS data collections to render administrative data into economic statistics. Together these data comprise the QCEW and form the basis of the Bureau’s establishment universe sampling frame.

In the BED program, the QCEW records are linked across quarters to provide a longitudinal history for each establishment. The linkage process allows the tracking of net employment changes at the establishment level, which in turn allows the estimation of jobs gained at opening and expanding establishments and jobs lost at closing and contracting establishments.

The change in the number of jobs over time is the net result of increases and decreases in employment that occur at all businesses in the economy. BED statistics track these changes in employment at private business establishments from the third month of one quarter to the third month of the next. Gross job gains are the sum of increases in employment from expansions at existing establishments and the addition of new jobs at opening establishments. Gross job losses are the result of contractions in employment at existing establishments and the loss of jobs at closing establishments. The difference between the number of gross jobs gained and the number of gross jobs lost is the net change in employment.

Gross job gains and gross job losses are expressed as rates by dividing their levels by the average of employment in the current and previous quarters. The rates are calculated for the components of gross job gains and gross job losses and then summed to form their respective totals. These rates can be added and subtracted just as their levels can. For instance, the difference between the gross job gains rate and the gross job losses rate is the net growth rate.

The formal definitions of employment changes are as follows:

Openings.  These are either establishments with positive third month employment for the first time in the current quarter, with no links to the prior quarter, or with positive third month employment in the current quarter following zero employment in the previous quarter.

Expansions.  These are establishments with positive employment in the third month in both the previous and current quarters, with a net increase in employment over this period.

Closings.  These are either establishments with positive third month employment in the previous quarter, with no employment or zero employment reported in the current quarter.

Contractions.  These are establishments with positive employment in the third month in both the previous and current quarters, with a net decrease in employment over this period.

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Table 1. Private sector gross job gains and losses by industry, Georgia, seasonally adjusted
CategoryGross job gains and job losses
(3 months ended)
Gross job gains and job losses
as a percent of employment
(3 months ended)
Dec.
2017
Mar.
2018
June
2018
Sept
2018
Dec.
2018
Dec.
2017
Mar.
2018
June
2018
Sept
2018
Dec.
2018

Total private (1)

Gross job gains

256,202243,572236,252253,249238,9696.96.56.26.76.3

At expanding establishments

204,208191,662190,321204,222198,2095.55.15.05.45.2

At opening establishments

51,99451,91045,93149,02740,7601.41.41.21.31.1

Gross job losses

206,907211,926240,874234,073217,2895.65.66.46.25.7

At contracting establishments

162,080169,698190,853182,804172,6984.44.55.14.84.5

At closing establishments

44,82742,22850,02151,26944,5911.21.11.31.41.2

Net employment change (2)

49,29531,646-4,62219,17621,6801.30.9-0.20.50.6

Construction

Gross job gains

18,21317,87015,96615,60116,3089.99.38.27.98.2

At expanding establishments

14,31614,17813,25012,43613,4627.87.46.86.36.8

At opening establishments

3,8973,6922,7163,1652,8462.11.91.41.61.4

Gross job losses

14,60212,86114,57714,88914,5197.96.77.57.67.3

At contracting establishments

11,2099,90810,95611,54811,3126.15.25.65.95.7

At closing establishments

3,3932,9533,6213,3413,2071.81.51.91.71.6

Net employment change (2)

3,6115,0091,3897121,7892.02.60.70.30.9

Manufacturing

Gross job gains

15,15916,16513,68013,83214,8703.84.03.43.43.6

At expanding establishments

13,94814,02612,57312,45813,2203.53.53.13.13.2

At opening establishments

1,2112,1391,1071,3741,6500.30.50.30.30.4

Gross job losses

11,40811,38014,27013,55313,3782.92.83.53.33.3

At contracting establishments

10,22610,21511,88910,92411,8032.62.52.92.72.9

At closing establishments

1,1821,1652,3812,6291,5750.30.30.60.60.4

Net employment change (2)

3,7514,785-5902791,4920.91.2-0.10.10.3

Wholesale trade

Gross job gains

11,29210,95610,81411,60711,1145.15.25.15.45.1

At expanding establishments

9,5418,8779,1669,6409,4514.34.24.34.54.3

At opening establishments

1,7512,0791,6481,9671,6630.81.00.80.90.8

Gross job losses

10,1909,06410,00710,9548,2934.64.34.75.13.8

At contracting establishments

7,8446,9737,3968,1776,1523.53.33.53.82.8

At closing establishments

2,3462,0912,6112,7772,1411.11.01.21.31.0

Net employment change (2)

1,1021,8928076532,8210.50.90.40.31.3

Retail trade

Gross job gains

29,40630,70627,86029,33725,3495.96.25.65.95.2

At expanding establishments

25,36126,96023,71025,34322,4685.15.44.85.14.6

At opening establishments

4,0453,7464,1503,9942,8810.80.80.80.80.6

Gross job losses

27,36026,96832,41530,53627,5995.65.46.56.25.6

At contracting establishments

23,63823,24427,39926,31523,0524.84.75.55.34.7

At closing establishments

3,7223,7245,0164,2214,5470.80.71.00.90.9

Net employment change (2)

2,0463,738-4,555-1,199-2,2500.30.8-0.9-0.3-0.4

Transportation and warehousing

Gross job gains

14,23110,81812,27316,18617,5137.15.36.07.98.2

At expanding establishments

12,6209,53010,18614,60716,2676.34.75.07.17.6

At opening establishments

1,6111,2882,0871,5791,2460.80.61.00.80.6

Gross job losses

7,45411,42510,20812,4639,0633.75.65.06.04.3

At contracting establishments

6,05310,1578,94810,9207,6393.05.04.45.33.6

At closing establishments

1,4011,2681,2601,5431,4240.70.60.60.70.7

Net employment change (2)

6,777-6072,0653,7238,4503.4-0.31.01.93.9

Information

Gross job gains

7,2316,8528,9289,1905,3306.35.97.88.14.7

At expanding establishments

6,0004,5468,0688,2704,6665.23.97.07.34.1

At opening establishments

1,2312,3068609206641.12.00.80.80.6

Gross job losses

6,68310,50412,3306,7639,6255.89.010.86.08.5

At contracting establishments

5,2979,57011,2035,5508,5624.68.29.84.97.6

At closing establishments

1,3869341,1271,2131,0631.20.81.01.10.9

Net employment change (2)

548-3,652-3,4022,427-4,2950.5-3.1-3.02.1-3.8

Financial activities

Gross job gains

13,82111,65412,25813,91212,7415.94.95.15.85.3

At expanding establishments

9,9058,5689,54410,5849,4604.23.64.04.43.9

At opening establishments

3,9163,0862,7143,3283,2811.71.31.11.41.4

Gross job losses

12,62011,25912,49113,15112,0825.34.75.35.55.1

At contracting establishments

9,0437,6778,9698,8649,0123.83.23.83.73.8

At closing establishments

3,5773,5823,5224,2873,0701.51.51.51.81.3

Net employment change (2)

1,201395-2337616590.60.2-0.20.30.2

Professional and business services

Gross job gains

58,30349,50347,87754,90952,3958.67.26.97.97.5

At expanding establishments

47,35841,27339,28245,71744,0247.06.05.76.66.3

At opening establishments

10,9458,2308,5959,1928,3711.61.21.21.31.2

Gross job losses

46,08545,64153,53350,19646,5656.86.77.87.36.7

At contracting establishments

34,43336,84542,56339,00437,3445.15.46.25.75.4

At closing establishments

11,6528,79610,97011,1929,2211.71.31.61.61.3

Net employment change (2)

12,2183,862-5,6564,7135,8301.80.5-0.90.60.8

Education and health services

Gross job gains

27,78726,58826,84129,30127,1545.04.84.85.24.7

At expanding establishments

20,55120,90121,83924,57721,2703.73.83.94.43.7

At opening establishments

7,2365,6875,0024,7245,8841.31.00.90.81.0

Gross job losses

22,68422,55424,55724,64123,4654.14.14.44.34.1

At contracting establishments

17,68915,93318,86618,19818,1143.22.93.43.23.2

At closing establishments

4,9956,6215,6916,4435,3510.91.21.01.10.9

Net employment change (2)

5,1034,0342,2844,6603,6890.90.70.40.90.6

Leisure and hospitality

Gross job gains

43,18140,99138,59239,04439,3009.08.47.98.08.0

At expanding establishments

33,27931,05630,73029,68132,5946.96.46.36.16.6

At opening establishments

9,9029,9357,8629,3636,7062.12.01.61.91.4

Gross job losses

33,96435,07540,19541,52237,0397.17.28.28.67.5

At contracting establishments

26,96428,58931,64832,99329,0875.65.96.56.85.9

At closing establishments

7,0006,4868,5478,5297,9521.51.31.71.81.6

Net employment change (2)

9,2175,916-1,603-2,4782,2611.91.2-0.3-0.60.5

Other services (3)

Gross job gains

8,0868,6989,5168,6117,7247.88.49.08.17.3

At expanding establishments

5,8886,5167,6076,8616,1645.76.37.26.55.8

At opening establishments

2,1982,1821,9091,7501,5602.12.11.81.61.5

Gross job losses

8,2357,2578,5828,9779,0448.06.98.18.58.5

At contracting establishments

6,3495,2376,0096,6736,8946.25.05.76.36.5

At closing establishments

1,8862,0202,5732,3042,1501.81.92.42.22.0

Net employment change (2)

-1491,441934-366-1,320-0.21.50.9-0.4-1.2

Footnotes:
(1) Includes unclassified sector not shown separately.
(2) The net employment change is the difference between total gross job gains and total gross job losses. See the Technical Note for further information.
(3) Except public administration.


Table 2. Private sector gross job gains and losses as a percent of total employment by state, seasonally adjusted
CategoryGross job gains as a percent of employment
(3 months ended)
Gross job losses as a percent of employment
(3 months ended)
Dec.
2017
Mar.
2018
June
2018
Sept.
2018
Dec.
2018
Dec.
2017
Mar.
2018
June
2018
Sept.
2018
Dec.
2018

United States(1)

6.46.06.16.06.15.65.45.86.05.6

Alabama

6.06.05.85.96.35.45.35.75.95.3

Alaska

9.79.810.98.910.910.28.810.710.69.7

Arizona

6.36.06.06.66.25.35.35.95.05.1

Arkansas

6.15.45.06.05.85.15.05.65.54.9

California

6.96.46.76.56.76.05.96.36.25.9

Colorado

6.86.86.86.66.86.16.06.16.86.0

Connecticut

5.35.15.85.25.35.25.25.05.64.9

Delaware

7.07.16.55.66.66.45.96.06.65.7

District of Columbia

5.86.05.65.35.65.04.75.55.55.1

Florida

8.26.16.56.76.35.35.56.15.75.9

Georgia

6.96.56.26.76.35.65.66.46.25.7

Hawaii

5.15.05.25.15.74.74.85.55.55.1

Idaho

7.47.97.36.87.46.65.96.76.96.3

Illinois

6.05.75.65.65.65.35.15.55.75.6

Indiana

5.75.65.45.25.65.05.15.55.44.9

Iowa

5.95.55.75.35.85.35.35.45.75.3

Kansas

5.95.25.75.96.15.25.55.65.75.4

Kentucky

6.16.25.95.76.15.65.95.66.05.5

Louisiana

6.26.56.16.26.26.05.86.56.25.7

Maine

7.27.28.16.07.36.67.07.17.56.3

Maryland

6.26.36.06.36.86.35.75.86.66.4

Massachusetts

5.75.46.15.55.85.45.25.46.25.3

Michigan

5.75.75.65.05.75.44.65.16.25.2

Minnesota

5.85.35.85.45.75.55.05.35.75.4

Mississippi

6.35.55.75.86.45.45.86.05.75.2

Missouri

5.75.45.75.95.85.55.25.76.05.4

Montana

8.57.88.07.29.07.47.17.87.97.2

Nebraska

6.25.65.95.85.95.55.55.86.05.8

Nevada

6.66.56.16.76.65.25.45.85.65.3

New Hampshire

6.76.16.75.66.75.95.96.36.85.7

New Jersey

6.45.66.56.06.35.85.85.76.35.6

New Mexico

6.56.36.56.46.76.15.56.26.46.0

New York

6.26.26.36.16.25.85.65.86.45.7

North Carolina

6.36.26.15.66.75.55.25.56.55.3

North Dakota

6.87.06.76.66.86.86.36.26.66.2

Ohio

5.75.55.65.35.65.25.05.45.75.2

Oklahoma

6.46.16.36.66.45.85.56.56.16.0

Oregon

6.87.86.26.26.76.05.66.26.35.9

Pennsylvania

5.55.25.35.45.35.04.95.15.24.7

Rhode Island

6.66.36.36.26.46.06.16.16.45.7

South Carolina

7.05.97.55.87.45.34.76.56.55.4

South Dakota

6.46.46.15.96.35.75.96.15.85.8

Tennessee

5.95.05.55.85.84.94.85.15.24.9

Texas

6.45.85.95.96.15.35.15.25.45.1

Utah

7.07.46.97.36.95.96.06.36.56.1

Vermont

7.46.47.26.97.46.57.07.37.46.8

Virginia

6.35.86.15.66.25.55.25.86.35.5

Washington

6.97.27.36.16.56.05.76.36.35.6

West Virginia

6.36.86.87.06.36.15.86.46.46.5

Wisconsin

5.65.65.45.15.45.04.75.55.94.9

Wyoming

8.78.48.28.210.08.48.08.38.37.8

Puerto Rico

7.18.48.07.26.011.86.86.25.86.7

Virgin Islands

9.212.012.510.98.328.216.88.66.37.8

Footnotes
(1) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 07, 2019