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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Atlanta Area Employment – April 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 2,739,500 in April 2017, up 87,200, or 3.3 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Atlanta area has had over-the-year employment gains of 75,000 or more since January 2016. (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 April 2016 to April 2017, up 27,500 or 5.7 percent. Nationwide, employment in professional and business services rose 2.9 percent from the previous April. (See chart 2.)

Trade, transportation, and utilities employment increased by 12,800 since last April, the second-largest gain in the Atlanta area. The 2.2-percent rate of local job growth for this supersector was greater than the 0.7-percent national gain.

Two other supersectors in the Atlanta area gained at least 10,000 jobs since last April. The area’s leisure and hospitality supersector gained 11,700 jobs, up 4.1 percent; nationwide, employment in this supersector rose 1.8 percent over the year. Education and health services added 10,200 jobs in the local area. The 3.1-percent rate of local job growth exceeded the national gain of 2.2 percent.

Six of the seven remaining supersectors had over-the-year job gains ranging from 7,600 to 1,000 in April 2017.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in April 2017. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 7 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.4 percent. Atlanta had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.3 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at 3.0 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, up 0.3 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The Dallas area added the largest number of jobs over the year, 104,600, followed by Atlanta (+87,200) and New York-Newark-Jersey City (+83,100). Chicago had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 13,800 jobs, followed by Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, which added 38,000 jobs.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in seven areas: Chicago, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward. Manufacturing lost the most jobs over the year in three areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, New York, and Philadelphia. Atlanta and San Francisco had no annual job losses in any supersector.

Metropolitan area employment data for May 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, June 16, 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), April 2017
Area and Industry
 
Apr
2016
Feb
2017
Mar
2017
Apr
2017(p)
Apr
2016 to Apr 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

143,894 144,292 144,953 145,979 2,085 1.4

Mining and logging

669 672 683 693 24 3.6

Construction

6,609 6,479 6,580 6,769 160 2.4

Manufacturing

12,299 12,300 12,326 12,333 34 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,956 27,002 27,037 27,142 186 0.7

Information

2,784 2,745 2,734 2,729 -55 -2.0

Financial activities

8,208 8,338 8,356 8,383 175 2.1

Professional and business services

19,970 20,216 20,339 20,556 586 2.9

Education and health services

22,679 23,077 23,113 23,176 497 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

15,470 15,167 15,397 15,745 275 1.8

Other services

5,672 5,673 5,696 5,730 58 1.0

Government

22,578 22,623 22,692 22,723 145 0.6

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

2,652.3 2,716.2 2,730.3 2,739.5 87.2 3.3

Mining and logging

1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.1 5.9

Construction

113.2 118.5 121.0 120.0 6.8 6.0

Manufacturing

161.9 163.6 162.8 162.9 1.0 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

584.4 595.4 597.1 597.2 12.8 2.2

Information

96.3 98.6 98.2 98.2 1.9 2.0

Financial activities

164.8 171.4 172.2 172.4 7.6 4.6

Professional and business services

486.4 506.2 511.4 513.9 27.5 5.7

Education and health services

332.6 342.6 342.4 342.8 10.2 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

283.8 286.9 291.1 295.5 11.7 4.1

Other services

97.6 96.8 97.1 99.9 2.3 2.4

Government

329.6 334.4 335.2 334.9 5.3 1.6

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
 
Apr
2016
Feb
2017
Mar
2017
Apr
2017(p)
Apr
2016 to Apr 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,652.3 2,716.2 2,730.3 2,739.5 87.2 3.3

Mining and logging

1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.1 5.9

Construction

113.2 118.5 121.0 120.0 6.8 6.0

Manufacturing

161.9 163.6 162.8 162.9 1.0 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

584.4 595.4 597.1 597.2 12.8 2.2

Information

96.3 98.6 98.2 98.2 1.9 2.0

Financial activities

164.8 171.4 172.2 172.4 7.6 4.6

Professional and business services

486.4 506.2 511.4 513.9 27.5 5.7

Education and health services

332.6 342.6 342.4 342.8 10.2 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

283.8 286.9 291.1 295.5 11.7 4.1

Other services

97.6 96.8 97.1 99.9 2.3 2.4

Government

329.6 334.4 335.2 334.9 5.3 1.6

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,696.2 2,688.5 2,703.1 2,739.0 42.8 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

106.8 99.6 100.1 107.1 0.3 0.3

Manufacturing

186.8 185.3 184.9 184.8 -2.0 -1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

417.1 415.6 416.0 418.8 1.7 0.4

Information

77.7 78.5 78.4 78.6 0.9 1.2

Financial activities

184.4 189.0 189.2 189.9 5.5 3.0

Professional and business services

465.7 466.8 468.8 481.2 15.5 3.3

Education and health services

576.8 586.1 589.5 591.9 15.1 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

262.3 247.8 252.6 261.7 -0.6 -0.2

Other services

100.6 100.0 100.9 102.7 2.1 2.1

Government

318.0 319.8 322.7 322.3 4.3 1.4

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,629.7 4,585.4 4,610.8 4,643.5 13.8 0.3

Mining and logging

1.6 1.5 1.5 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

168.4 156.5 157.5 164.4 -4.0 -2.4

Manufacturing

414.3 412.2 412.7 412.0 -2.3 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

934.6 925.7 932.1 932.2 -2.4 -0.3

Information

79.9 80.5 80.9 81.9 2.0 2.5

Financial activities

296.8 305.6 305.6 305.4 8.6 2.9

Professional and business services

812.2 794.6 799.3 814.2 2.0 0.2

Education and health services

716.6 723.8 723.1 725.6 9.0 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

462.6 442.4 452.8 461.6 -1.0 -0.2

Other services

193.7 192.3 192.6 192.7 -1.0 -0.5

Government

549.0 550.3 552.7 551.9 2.9 0.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,484.2 3,572.4 3,584.6 3,588.8 104.6 3.0

Mining, logging, and construction

203.6 208.6 207.1 205.7 2.1 1.0

Manufacturing

263.9 265.5 266.1 264.9 1.0 0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

736.8 760.3 762.4 760.8 24.0 3.3

Information

82.2 82.5 82.5 81.4 -0.8 -1.0

Financial activities

279.7 288.6 291.4 291.6 11.9 4.3

Professional and business services

574.5 591.7 595.7 597.3 22.8 4.0

Education and health services

429.1 439.5 439.5 441.0 11.9 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

366.0 374.1 377.9 383.0 17.0 4.6

Other services

120.5 124.8 124.4 125.8 5.3 4.4

Government

427.9 436.8 437.6 437.3 9.4 2.2

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,000.9 3,010.1 3,024.1 3,042.8 41.9 1.4

Mining and logging

90.0 87.2 87.3 87.6 -2.4 -2.7

Construction

221.4 215.6 217.9 213.8 -7.6 -3.4

Manufacturing

224.8 226.1 227.5 229.9 5.1 2.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

606.3 602.6 600.2 604.4 -1.9 -0.3

Information

32.4 32.8 32.5 32.1 -0.3 -0.9

Financial activities

154.2 153.7 153.9 153.5 -0.7 -0.5

Professional and business services

467.9 468.1 472.7 479.7 11.8 2.5

Education and health services

377.8 386.2 387.9 390.5 12.7 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

312.4 314.8 318.8 323.5 11.1 3.6

Other services

108.1 107.0 108.3 109.9 1.8 1.7

Government

405.6 416.0 417.1 417.9 12.3 3.0

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,969.8 6,007.7 6,032.1 6,021.7 51.9 0.9

Mining and logging

4.1 4.0 3.9 4.0 -0.1 -2.4

Construction

229.0 230.5 235.4 237.8 8.8 3.8

Manufacturing

518.3 510.8 512.8 510.7 -7.6 -1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,079.7 1,085.6 1,083.3 1,079.2 -0.5 0.0

Information

263.0 256.2 254.8 252.4 -10.6 -4.0

Financial activities

336.2 337.6 337.2 336.5 0.3 0.1

Professional and business services

894.2 909.4 911.9 904.3 10.1 1.1

Education and health services

977.0 996.5 1,004.1 1,002.2 25.2 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

719.7 717.9 723.9 731.4 11.7 1.6

Other services

203.2 208.1 208.7 210.8 7.6 3.7

Government

745.4 751.1 756.1 752.4 7.0 0.9

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,586.8 2,630.6 2,639.7 2,647.5 60.7 2.3

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

120.4 124.5 123.9 125.1 4.7 3.9

Manufacturing

87.5 88.4 88.7 88.4 0.9 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

589.1 596.9 597.3 599.5 10.4 1.8

Information

49.2 49.0 48.9 48.9 -0.3 -0.6

Financial activities

175.9 174.3 174.1 174.5 -1.4 -0.8

Professional and business services

420.6 430.4 434.1 434.3 13.7 3.3

Education and health services

381.6 392.3 395.0 396.2 14.6 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

326.7 331.0 332.8 335.0 8.3 2.5

Other services

125.0 128.7 128.6 128.9 3.9 3.1

Government

310.1 314.4 315.6 316.0 5.9 1.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,503.3 9,469.1 9,514.1 9,586.4 83.1 0.9

Mining, logging, and construction

383.0 362.8 369.9 381.3 -1.7 -0.4

Manufacturing

366.2 362.9 363.5 363.2 -3.0 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,708.1 1,708.4 1,709.0 1,705.6 -2.5 -0.1

Information

285.7 285.1 287.2 286.6 0.9 0.3

Financial activities

766.1 768.3 770.8 775.0 8.9 1.2

Professional and business services

1,508.8 1,506.3 1,508.5 1,525.6 16.8 1.1

Education and health services

1,879.1 1,914.5 1,921.6 1,927.9 48.8 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

879.1 842.9 856.7 887.7 8.6 1.0

Other services

415.7 412.5 413.0 416.5 0.8 0.2

Government

1,311.5 1,305.4 1,313.9 1,317.0 5.5 0.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,869.7 2,878.0 2,889.7 2,913.6 43.9 1.5

Mining, logging, and construction

112.9 109.4 111.7 115.8 2.9 2.6

Manufacturing

178.3 177.3 177.0 176.9 -1.4 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

517.1 521.5 522.9 524.0 6.9 1.3

Information

46.9 46.1 46.2 46.2 -0.7 -1.5

Financial activities

210.7 211.4 211.3 212.6 1.9 0.9

Professional and business services

459.9 454.0 461.3 467.5 7.6 1.7

Education and health services

626.2 648.3 645.9 646.7 20.5 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

257.8 248.6 251.4 260.0 2.2 0.9

Other services

118.7 118.6 118.2 119.7 1.0 0.8

Government

341.2 342.8 343.8 344.2 3.0 0.9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,974.6 2,013.0 2,017.3 2,023.4 48.8 2.5

Mining and logging

3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

103.7 104.2 107.2 109.2 5.5 5.3

Manufacturing

120.2 121.9 121.0 121.5 1.3 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

382.6 387.9 387.9 387.4 4.8 1.3

Information

36.4 35.8 35.9 36.3 -0.1 -0.3

Financial activities

173.2 181.2 181.6 182.0 8.8 5.1

Professional and business services

336.2 343.4 341.6 341.3 5.1 1.5

Education and health services

292.1 298.5 299.3 300.1 8.0 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

218.9 227.7 232.0 233.6 14.7 6.7

Other services

64.3 61.9 61.9 61.9 -2.4 -3.7

Government

243.8 247.3 245.7 246.9 3.1 1.3

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,332.1 2,356.3 2,372.5 2,377.7 45.6 2.0

Mining and logging

1.0 0.9 0.9 1.0 0.0 0.0

Construction

110.4 113.6 116.4 118.6 8.2 7.4

Manufacturing

130.7 130.6 132.0 131.0 0.3 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

370.9 375.3 375.9 375.0 4.1 1.1

Information

97.6 99.7 99.4 99.7 2.1 2.2

Financial activities

141.2 145.5 145.9 144.4 3.2 2.3

Professional and business services

468.6 469.7 472.8 471.4 2.8 0.6

Education and health services

339.4 347.1 348.8 348.7 9.3 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

268.1 264.8 267.8 273.0 4.9 1.8

Other services

85.2 86.1 86.8 88.1 2.9 3.4

Government

319.0 323.0 325.8 326.8 7.8 2.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,230.3 3,240.0 3,246.4 3,268.3 38.0 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

156.6 151.1 150.5 156.7 0.1 0.1

Manufacturing

53.7 52.5 52.8 53.6 -0.1 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

400.5 402.5 403.1 404.8 4.3 1.1

Information

74.9 72.3 71.6 71.5 -3.4 -4.5

Financial activities

156.2 155.9 155.2 155.7 -0.5 -0.3

Professional and business services

737.5 743.1 746.1 750.3 12.8 1.7

Education and health services

440.4 446.8 445.7 448.2 7.8 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

318.4 319.2 323.0 329.2 10.8 3.4

Other services

194.1 194.6 193.6 194.3 0.2 0.1

Government

698.0 702.0 704.8 704.0 6.0 0.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017