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21-1368-ATL
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Atlanta Area Employment — June 2021

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by 158,200 over the year in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the local rate of job gain, 6.0 percent, compared to the 5.8-percent national increase. (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 greater Atlanta area, professional and business services had the largest job gain (+46,900), a 9.2-percent increase over the year. (See chart 2.) Within this supersector, the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector added 33,500 jobs, while the professional, scientific, and technical services sector added 11,800 jobs. Nationally, employment in the professional and business services supersector was up 6.4 percent over the year.


Leisure and hospitality gained 29,400 jobs over the year in the local area, a 12.7-percent increase from June 2020. Within this supersector, the accommodation and food services sector accounted for 23,000 of the jobs gained. Nationally, employment in the leisure and hospitality supersector was up 21.3 percent over the year.

Trade, transportation, and utilities added 23,800 jobs locally. Within this supersector, the transportation and warehousing sector added 14,100 jobs, while the retail trade sector added 8,700 jobs.

Employment in educational and health services was up 21,300 over the year. Within this supersector, employment in the health care and social assistance sector was up 16,400.

Two other supersectors in the local area had significant over-the-year job gains in June: information (+13,500) and other services (+8,900)

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in June 2021. All 12 areas gained jobs over the year. New York-Newark-Jersey City had the largest increase (+748,900). Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland had the smallest gain (+101,400) among the largest areas. (See table 2 and chart 3.)

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua and New York each had an 8.9-percent rate of job gain over the year, followed by Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (+7.8 percent). The rates of job gains in the remaining nine areas ranged from 6.6 percent in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale to 3.4 percent in Houston.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment release for July 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on June 2021 Establishment Survey Data

BLS has continued to review all estimation and methodological procedures for the establishment survey, which included the review of data, estimation processes, the application of the birth-death model, and seasonal adjustment. Business births and deaths cannot be adequately captured by the establishment survey as they occur. Therefore, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program uses a model to account for the relatively stable net employment change generated by business births and deaths. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the relationship between business births and deaths is no longer stable. Typically, reports with zero employment are not included in estimation. For the May final and June preliminary estimates, CES included a portion of these reports in the estimates and made modifications to the birth-death model. In addition for both months, the establishment survey included a portion of the reports that returned to reporting positive employment from reporting zero employment. For more information, see www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cesbd.htm.

In the establishment survey, workers who are paid by their employer for all or any part of the pay period including the 12th of the month are counted as employed, even if they were not actually at their jobs. Workers who are temporarily or permanently absent from their jobs and are not being paid are not counted as employed, even if they are continuing to receive benefits. The length of the reference period does vary across the respondents in the establishment survey; one-third of businesses have a weekly pay period, slightly over 40 percent a bi-weekly, about 20 percent semi-monthly, and a small amount monthly.


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.

For some employment series, the sample of establishments is very small or highly variable. In these cases, a model-based approach is used in estimation. These models use the direct sample estimates (described above), combined with forecasts of historical (benchmarked) data to decrease volatility in estimation. Two different models (Fay-Herriot Model and Small Domain Model) are used depending on the industry level being estimated. For more detailed information about each model, refer to the BLS Handbook of Methods at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/ces-20110307.pdf.

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 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. Changes in metropolitan area nonfarm payroll employment are cited in the analysis of this release only if they have been determined to be statistically significant at the 90-percent confidence level. 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 at the supersector level and for the private service-providing, goods-producing, total private and total nonfarm levels are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/web/laus/bmrk_article.htm.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on April 10, 2018.

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area includes 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 Counties.

Additional information

Employment data from the CES program are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments 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)
Area and IndustryJune
2020
Apr
2021
May
2021
June
2021(p)
June
2020 to June 2021(p)
Net changePercent change

United States

Total nonfarm

138,501144,397145,369146,5178,0165.8

Mining and logging

600612618633335.5

Construction

7,3597,3657,4777,5922333.2

Manufacturing

12,06912,22612,28212,3893202.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,93026,84527,01927,2631,3335.1

Information

2,6062,6952,7162,7431375.3

Financial activities

8,6758,7708,7818,8401651.9

Professional and business services

19,68320,71020,76520,9461,2636.4

Education and health services

22,49123,59723,53823,3558643.8

Leisure and hospitality

12,63714,02014,61115,3292,69221.3

Other services

5,2175,5675,6045,7104939.4

Government

21,23421,99021,95821,7174832.3

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,625.12,733.32,744.82,783.3158.26.0

Mining and logging

1.61.61.61.60.00.0

Construction

127.7130.8128.6130.93.22.5

Manufacturing

162.1165.5166.6167.04.93.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

568.3582.4584.2592.123.84.2

Information

88.8100.9100.7102.313.515.2

Financial activities

176.8179.4178.4179.02.21.2

Professional and business services

508.1537.7540.1555.046.99.2

Education and health services

345.6365.1367.3366.921.36.2

Leisure and hospitality

230.9246.7252.8260.329.412.7

Other services

91.293.696.2100.18.99.8

Government

324.0329.6328.3328.14.11.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and IndustryJune
2020
Apr
2021
May
2021
June
2021(p)
June
2020 to June 2021(p)
Net changePercent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,625.12,733.32,744.82,783.3158.26.0

Mining and logging

1.61.61.61.60.00.0

Construction

127.7130.8128.6130.93.22.5

Manufacturing

162.1165.5166.6167.04.93.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

568.3582.4584.2592.123.84.2

Information

88.8100.9100.7102.313.515.2

Financial activities

176.8179.4178.4179.02.21.2

Professional and business services

508.1537.7540.1555.046.99.2

Education and health services

345.6365.1367.3366.921.36.2

Leisure and hospitality

230.9246.7252.8260.329.412.7

Other services

91.293.696.2100.18.99.8

Government

324.0329.6328.3328.14.11.3

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,454.72,611.52,631.32,672.1217.48.9

Mining, logging, and construction

113.6117.4123.2125.511.910.5

Manufacturing

176.2178.2178.1181.04.82.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

365.5397.3399.8405.540.010.9

Information

78.179.679.480.72.63.3

Financial activities

180.3182.7182.8183.33.01.7

Professional and business services

493.8514.8518.0526.933.16.7

Education and health services

521.9560.4553.4552.030.15.8

Leisure and hospitality

154.9193.2208.1229.274.348.0

Other services

76.485.286.088.612.216.0

Government

294.0302.7302.5299.45.41.8

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,258.44,401.64,439.84,484.1225.75.3

Mining and logging

1.71.61.71.80.15.9

Construction

173.8168.5173.4177.94.12.4

Manufacturing

395.8389.9390.8391.5-4.3-1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

882.9909.7917.9928.845.95.2

Information

72.270.270.370.7-1.5-2.1

Financial activities

312.5314.7314.9317.85.31.7

Professional and business services

762.4784.8789.7793.931.54.1

Education and health services

675.0704.9703.8694.819.82.9

Leisure and hospitality

307.6352.7372.2399.591.929.9

Other services

172.9178.6179.6182.09.15.3

Government

501.6526.0525.5525.423.84.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,579.53,736.63,758.63,785.8206.35.8

Mining, logging, and construction

218.8215.2215.1216.4-2.4-1.1

Manufacturing

278.1279.8281.3282.03.91.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

780.1810.6813.7824.043.95.6

Information

76.878.879.479.83.03.9

Financial activities

322.6326.5328.4330.57.92.4

Professional and business services

607.7647.9652.1660.352.68.7

Education and health services

438.3450.8451.8446.48.11.8

Leisure and hospitality

318.0352.9361.4375.957.918.2

Other services

109.8115.8118.9121.611.810.7

Government

429.3458.3456.5448.919.64.6

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

2,942.93,018.03,037.83,044.3101.43.4

Mining and logging

65.269.569.966.81.62.5

Construction

215.1207.5206.1204.0-11.1-5.2

Manufacturing

218.2207.7207.0208.2-10.0-4.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

599.8623.1626.4629.429.64.9

Information

28.528.528.628.80.31.1

Financial activities

162.9162.5164.0164.21.30.8

Professional and business services

478.8490.8493.1494.115.33.2

Education and health services

389.9396.8401.5402.212.33.2

Leisure and hospitality

274.9305.2312.8326.551.618.8

Other services

101.2109.6111.2110.99.79.6

Government

408.4416.8417.2409.20.80.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

5,464.75,695.85,752.05,789.3324.65.9

Mining and logging

1.91.91.91.90.00.0

Construction

247.8251.1249.6252.14.31.7

Manufacturing

457.7450.8454.6458.20.50.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

987.11,040.11,045.01,054.467.36.8

Information

185.4204.8204.5203.217.89.6

Financial activities

320.2323.6323.7323.12.90.9

Professional and business services

869.6909.7915.7916.446.85.4

Education and health services

1,019.21,063.71,067.31,064.144.94.4

Leisure and hospitality

495.2574.7604.9629.2134.027.1

Other services

159.5167.1169.1171.812.37.7

Government

721.1708.3715.7714.9-6.2-0.9

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,460.32,575.42,584.22,570.6110.34.5

Mining and logging

0.80.80.80.80.00.0

Construction

139.9138.0139.0139.0-0.9-0.6

Manufacturing

87.087.787.188.71.72.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

562.9574.7576.8581.718.83.3

Information

45.146.346.646.51.43.1

Financial activities

185.1189.2189.9191.26.13.3

Professional and business services

423.3447.0448.4447.524.25.7

Education and health services

389.1401.1400.1396.47.31.9

Leisure and hospitality

236.2277.8281.7283.647.420.1

Other services

102.8110.2110.6112.69.89.5

Government

288.1302.6303.2282.6-5.5-1.9

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

Total nonfarm

8,445.09,003.19,078.39,193.9748.98.9

Mining, logging, and construction

365.2366.9369.9372.16.91.9

Manufacturing

318.5331.0332.3335.817.35.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,418.61,538.81,557.71,577.3158.711.2

Information

277.5289.3293.7301.724.28.7

Financial activities

756.3754.0752.8760.44.10.5

Professional and business services

1,424.01,490.31,495.81,516.492.46.5

Education and health services

1,825.01,983.01,979.91,966.1141.17.7

Leisure and hospitality

474.5609.0653.2709.3234.849.5

Other services

301.0348.1351.8355.554.518.1

Government

1,284.41,292.71,291.21,299.314.91.2

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

Total nonfarm

2,636.32,802.12,821.22,843.2206.97.8

Mining, logging, and construction

113.9114.9118.4119.55.64.9

Manufacturing

172.6173.3173.4175.32.71.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

478.0508.1511.8515.637.67.9

Information

49.050.651.152.53.57.1

Financial activities

213.9215.2216.5217.73.81.8

Professional and business services

436.7458.2460.4463.026.36.0

Education and health services

606.3643.3639.0634.428.14.6

Leisure and hospitality

157.1203.1217.1231.174.047.1

Other services

84.1105.0105.2108.023.928.4

Government

324.7330.4328.3326.11.40.4

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,045.02,171.72,174.12,179.3134.36.6

Mining and logging

2.92.82.82.8-0.1-3.4

Construction

135.1133.5134.2136.11.00.7

Manufacturing

132.2135.4135.8136.74.53.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

402.2427.9431.1439.737.59.3

Information

35.736.636.536.71.02.8

Financial activities

202.7204.1204.5205.73.01.5

Professional and business services

349.9362.3365.3370.620.75.9

Education and health services

325.4349.2348.3349.323.97.3

Leisure and hospitality

184.2209.2210.6213.329.115.8

Other services

63.167.167.268.55.48.6

Government

211.6243.6237.8219.98.33.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,197.22,264.82,279.92,300.2103.04.7

Mining and logging

0.30.30.30.30.00.0

Construction

121.5122.8126.3125.84.33.5

Manufacturing

138.6140.2140.8141.42.82.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

325.5333.2332.2333.58.02.5

Information

133.3135.2134.3137.13.82.9

Financial activities

139.0138.7139.2140.41.41.0

Professional and business services

474.7490.1490.3494.519.84.2

Education and health services

342.8358.5358.6357.114.34.2

Leisure and hospitality

156.3173.0185.1196.940.626.0

Other services

63.968.969.572.88.913.9

Government

301.3303.9303.3300.4-0.9-0.3

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

Total nonfarm

3,038.33,175.33,190.03,206.8168.55.5

Mining, logging, and construction

160.3159.8161.3164.44.12.6

Manufacturing

53.555.355.555.52.03.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

362.7387.7389.6392.930.28.3

Information

73.273.872.472.1-1.1-1.5

Financial activities

154.6152.8152.2152.6-2.0-1.3

Professional and business services

756.6773.0776.9780.023.43.1

Education and health services

402.6433.0433.6426.824.26.0

Leisure and hospitality

197.1242.1249.0261.063.932.4

Other services

187.7188.9190.2192.85.12.7

Government

690.0708.9709.3708.718.72.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021