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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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Miami Area Employment – March 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 2,643,900 in March 2017, up 65,400, or 2.5 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Nationally, employment increased 1.5 percent from March 2016 to March 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 44 percent of the area’s employment, added 23,400 jobs from March a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach division which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, added 27,800 jobs. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach division, with 24 percent of the workforce, added 14,200 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Professional and business services added 17,300 jobs in March 2017, an increase of 4.1 percent over the year, with the largest gain in the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan division. Nationwide, employment in this industry grew 3.2 percent over the 12-month period. (See chart 2.)

Education and health services had the second largest over-the-year increase in the local area, adding 17,100 jobs, a 4.5-percent gain from March 2016. Job growth in this industry was concentrated in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metropolitan divisions. Nationally, employment in this industry grew 2.3 percent since March 2016.

The local trade, transportation, and utilities supersector added 9,800 jobs from March 2016 to March 2017, a gain of 1.7 percent. All three metropolitan divisions added jobs in this supersector from March a year ago. Nationwide, employment in this industry grew 0.6 percent over the 12-month period.

Three other supersectors gained at least 5,000 jobs over the year in the local area—government (+6,800), construction (+5,300), and leisure and hospitality (+5,200). The local government and construction sectors had rates of job growth that were faster than their respective national rates.

Financial activities was the only supersector in the Miami area that lost more than 1,000 jobs from the previous March, down 1,400 (-0.8 percent). Nationally this supersector added jobs over the 12-month period, advancing 2.2 percent.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in March 2017. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 9 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.5 percent. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.9 percent, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at 3.8 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land had the slowest rates of job growth at 0.8 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

Dallas added the largest number of jobs over the year (+129,700). The New York-Newark-Jersey City, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, and Atlanta areas also added over 100,000 jobs each. Houston had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 30,900 jobs.

Education and health services had the largest employment gain in five areas— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward. Professional and business services added the most jobs in 4 areas—Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Manufacturing had the largest over-the-year losses in five areas—Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia. Three areas experienced no annual job losses in any supersector—Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco.

Metropolitan area employment data for April 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, May 19, 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 total nonfarm and supersector levels and for metropolitan area CES data. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available on the BLS web site 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 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
 
Mar
2016
Jan
2017
Feb
2017
Mar
2017(p)
Mar 2016 to Mar 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

142,814 143,273 144,279 144,949 2,135 1.5

Mining and logging

681 662 672 684 3 0.4

Construction

6,402 6,415 6,479 6,586 184 2.9

Manufacturing

12,288 12,263 12,302 12,329 41 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,855 27,241 26,998 27,025 170 0.6

Information

2,776 2,720 2,747 2,739 -37 -1.3

Financial activities

8,181 8,339 8,339 8,360 179 2.2

Professional and business services

19,704 20,098 20,216 20,336 632 3.2

Education and health services

22,590 22,707 23,072 23,111 521 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

15,143 15,018 15,167 15,390 247 1.6

Other services

5,642 5,641 5,673 5,698 56 1.0

Government

22,552 22,169 22,614 22,691 139 0.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,578.5 2,627.1 2,630.6 2,643.9 65.4 2.5

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

119.0 121.9 124.5 124.3 5.3 4.5

Manufacturing

87.6 88.7 88.4 88.7 1.1 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

588.3 601.7 596.9 598.1 9.8 1.7

Information

49.1 48.8 49.0 49.0 -0.1 -0.2

Financial activities

175.4 174.6 174.3 174.0 -1.4 -0.8

Professional and business services

419.0 428.6 430.4 436.3 17.3 4.1

Education and health services

377.7 388.9 392.3 394.8 17.1 4.5

Leisure and hospitality

328.1 332.5 331.0 333.3 5.2 1.6

Other services

124.7 128.5 128.7 129.0 4.3 3.4

Government

308.9 312.2 314.4 315.7 6.8 2.2

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

1,152.5 1,174.2 1,173.3 1,175.9 23.4 2.0

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

43.2 42.1 43.3 42.5 -0.7 -1.6

Manufacturing

41.0 41.5 41.2 41.1 0.1 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

289.2 296.1 293.3 294.1 4.9 1.7

Information

19.1 19.1 19.1 19.2 0.1 0.5

Financial activities

78.6 79.4 78.3 78.1 -0.5 -0.6

Professional and business services

165.4 169.1 168.4 170.4 5.0 3.0

Education and health services

177.0 183.3 186.1 185.6 8.6 4.9

Leisure and hospitality

143.5 144.0 143.2 143.7 0.2 0.1

Other services

53.2 56.0 55.8 56.0 2.8 5.3

Government

141.8 143.1 144.1 144.7 2.9 2.0

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

 

Total nonfarm

817.5 833.7 836.7 845.3 27.8 3.4

Construction

42.9 44.4 45.3 45.9 3.0 7.0

Manufacturing

27.5 27.7 27.7 27.8 0.3 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

184.4 187.8 187.2 187.9 3.5 1.9

Information

19.0 19.0 19.1 19.0 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

57.0 56.0 56.8 56.9 -0.1 -0.2

Professional and business services

144.4 149.8 150.3 154.0 9.6 6.6

Education and health services

104.6 107.5 108.2 110.4 5.8 5.5

Leisure and hospitality

95.5 96.6 96.4 97.6 2.1 2.2

Other services

38.5 39.5 39.9 39.8 1.3 3.4

Government

103.6 105.3 105.7 105.9 2.3 2.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

608.5 619.2 620.6 622.7 14.2 2.3

Construction

32.9 35.4 35.9 35.9 3.0 9.1

Manufacturing

19.1 19.5 19.5 19.8 0.7 3.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

114.7 117.8 116.4 116.1 1.4 1.2

Information

11.0 10.7 10.8 10.8 -0.2 -1.8

Financial activities

39.8 39.2 39.2 39.0 -0.8 -2.0

Professional and business services

109.2 109.7 111.7 111.9 2.7 2.5

Education and health services

96.1 98.1 98.0 98.8 2.7 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

89.1 91.9 91.4 92.0 2.9 3.3

Other services

33.0 33.0 33.0 33.2 0.2 0.6

Government

63.5 63.8 64.6 65.1 1.6 2.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
 

 

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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,622.9 2,698.6 2,716.2 2,726.0 103.1 3.9

Mining and logging

1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.1 5.9

Construction

111.8 118.1 118.5 121.2 9.4 8.4

Manufacturing

161.6 163.1 163.6 162.8 1.2 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

583.0 599.3 595.4 596.2 13.2 2.3

Information

93.1 97.7 98.6 99.7 6.6 7.1

Financial activities

163.5 170.1 171.4 171.8 8.3 5.1

Professional and business services

481.2 497.2 506.2 508.0 26.8 5.6

Education and health services

330.2 338.0 342.6 342.1 11.9 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

273.2 284.5 286.9 290.8 17.6 6.4

Other services

96.1 97.0 96.8 96.4 0.3 0.3

Government

327.5 331.8 334.4 335.2 7.7 2.4

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,661.3 2,685.1 2,688.5 2,703.5 42.2 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

101.0 101.7 99.6 100.1 -0.9 -0.9

Manufacturing

187.0 185.5 185.3 185.1 -1.9 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

414.4 424.9 415.6 415.8 1.4 0.3

Information

77.3 78.4 78.5 78.4 1.1 1.4

Financial activities

183.7 189.2 189.0 189.7 6.0 3.3

Professional and business services

455.8 464.5 466.8 468.7 12.9 2.8

Education and health services

571.8 577.3 586.1 589.6 17.8 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

251.4 250.2 247.8 252.5 1.1 0.4

Other services

99.5 100.3 100.0 100.9 1.4 1.4

Government

319.4 313.1 319.8 322.7 3.3 1.0

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,577.2 4,574.2 4,585.4 4,611.6 34.4 0.8

Mining and logging

1.6 1.4 1.5 1.5 -0.1 -6.3

Construction

156.7 153.7 156.5 157.3 0.6 0.4

Manufacturing

414.0 411.3 412.2 412.8 -1.2 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

926.7 939.7 925.7 932.0 5.3 0.6

Information

79.8 80.3 80.5 81.0 1.2 1.5

Financial activities

294.8 304.4 305.6 305.5 10.7 3.6

Professional and business services

799.6 796.2 794.6 799.1 -0.5 -0.1

Education and health services

713.6 711.7 723.8 723.4 9.8 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

447.1 443.1 442.4 453.1 6.0 1.3

Other services

193.4 190.4 192.3 192.6 -0.8 -0.4

Government

549.9 542.0 550.3 553.3 3.4 0.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,455.2 3,557.9 3,572.4 3,584.9 129.7 3.8

Mining, logging, and construction

199.6 207.9 208.6 207.5 7.9 4.0

Manufacturing

264.0 265.7 265.5 266.1 2.1 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

733.5 767.4 760.3 761.7 28.2 3.8

Information

81.2 82.4 82.5 82.4 1.2 1.5

Financial activities

278.1 288.8 288.6 290.9 12.8 4.6

Professional and business services

567.9 590.2 591.7 596.3 28.4 5.0

Education and health services

427.4 436.9 439.5 439.7 12.3 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

357.4 368.5 374.1 378.6 21.2 5.9

Other services

118.5 121.5 124.8 124.6 6.1 5.1

Government

427.6 428.6 436.8 437.1 9.5 2.2

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,992.5 2,995.0 3,010.1 3,023.4 30.9 1.0

Mining and logging

92.2 87.7 87.2 87.8 -4.4 -4.8

Construction

219.0 213.4 215.6 217.8 -1.2 -0.5

Manufacturing

227.8 222.6 226.1 227.6 -0.2 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

605.8 609.9 602.6 599.6 -6.2 -1.0

Information

32.1 32.8 32.8 32.8 0.7 2.2

Financial activities

153.6 155.2 153.7 153.9 0.3 0.2

Professional and business services

466.2 466.2 468.1 472.0 5.8 1.2

Education and health services

376.0 382.7 386.2 387.4 11.4 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

309.6 310.8 314.8 319.0 9.4 3.0

Other services

107.2 107.3 107.0 108.2 1.0 0.9

Government

403.0 406.4 416.0 417.3 14.3 3.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,920.9 5,963.8 6,007.7 6,028.5 107.6 1.8

Mining and logging

4.2 3.9 4.0 3.9 -0.3 -7.1

Construction

225.7 222.5 230.5 235.6 9.9 4.4

Manufacturing

518.3 508.8 510.8 511.6 -6.7 -1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,073.8 1,096.9 1,085.6 1,083.1 9.3 0.9

Information

255.2 249.9 256.2 250.2 -5.0 -2.0

Financial activities

333.7 338.1 337.6 336.9 3.2 1.0

Professional and business services

886.6 898.3 909.4 911.7 25.1 2.8

Education and health services

968.5 984.2 996.5 1,005.2 36.7 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

707.5 709.9 717.9 724.0 16.5 2.3

Other services

201.0 207.4 208.1 209.3 8.3 4.1

Government

746.4 743.9 751.1 757.0 10.6 1.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,578.5 2,627.1 2,630.6 2,643.9 65.4 2.5

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

119.0 121.9 124.5 124.3 5.3 4.5

Manufacturing

87.6 88.7 88.4 88.7 1.1 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

588.3 601.7 596.9 598.1 9.8 1.7

Information

49.1 48.8 49.0 49.0 -0.1 -0.2

Financial activities

175.4 174.6 174.3 174.0 -1.4 -0.8

Professional and business services

419.0 428.6 430.4 436.3 17.3 4.1

Education and health services

377.7 388.9 392.3 394.8 17.1 4.5

Leisure and hospitality

328.1 332.5 331.0 333.3 5.2 1.6

Other services

124.7 128.5 128.7 129.0 4.3 3.4

Government

308.9 312.2 314.4 315.7 6.8 2.2

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,406.0 9,427.3 9,469.1 9,514.2 108.2 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

369.3 365.2 362.8 370.9 1.6 0.4

Manufacturing

367.0 357.1 362.9 362.9 -4.1 -1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,697.1 1,735.2 1,708.4 1,708.8 11.7 0.7

Information

282.7 283.9 285.1 287.7 5.0 1.8

Financial activities

764.8 768.0 768.3 771.4 6.6 0.9

Professional and business services

1,485.6 1,501.9 1,506.3 1,508.5 22.9 1.5

Education and health services

1,867.4 1,881.2 1,914.5 1,919.4 52.0 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

851.6 841.8 842.9 857.4 5.8 0.7

Other services

411.3 411.8 412.5 413.4 2.1 0.5

Government

1,309.2 1,281.2 1,305.4 1,313.8 4.6 0.4

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,834.5 2,859.5 2,878.0 2,891.5 57.0 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

109.6 107.8 109.4 111.5 1.9 1.7

Manufacturing

177.6 177.0 177.3 176.9 -0.7 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

513.8 527.9 521.5 522.7 8.9 1.7

Information

46.1 46.1 46.1 46.2 0.1 0.2

Financial activities

209.7 212.5 211.4 211.8 2.1 1.0

Professional and business services

452.0 455.6 454.0 462.2 10.2 2.3

Education and health services

618.9 630.8 648.3 646.0 27.1 4.4

Leisure and hospitality

248.3 247.3 248.6 251.7 3.4 1.4

Other services

117.9 118.7 118.6 118.1 0.2 0.2

Government

340.6 335.8 342.8 344.4 3.8 1.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,967.5 1,990.9 2,013.0 2,020.9 53.4 2.7

Mining and logging

3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

103.2 103.9 104.2 107.0 3.8 3.7

Manufacturing

120.3 121.6 121.9 121.6 1.3 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

381.2 391.0 387.9 388.0 6.8 1.8

Information

36.0 35.4 35.8 35.9 -0.1 -0.3

Financial activities

171.9 179.5 181.2 182.3 10.4 6.1

Professional and business services

333.6 341.3 343.4 343.0 9.4 2.8

Education and health services

290.6 296.2 298.5 298.9 8.3 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

219.9 221.0 227.7 233.6 13.7 6.2

Other services

64.5 60.9 61.9 61.7 -2.8 -4.3

Government

243.1 236.9 247.3 245.7 2.6 1.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,310.2 2,345.5 2,356.3 2,373.2 63.0 2.7

Mining and logging

0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.0 0.0

Construction

107.4 112.2 113.6 116.4 9.0 8.4

Manufacturing

130.8 131.3 130.6 131.6 0.8 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

369.4 378.3 375.3 375.3 5.9 1.6

Information

97.2 100.2 99.7 99.4 2.2 2.3

Financial activities

140.0 144.8 145.5 146.0 6.0 4.3

Professional and business services

463.6 469.1 469.7 472.7 9.1 2.0

Education and health services

337.7 342.2 347.1 348.8 11.1 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

261.5 260.9 264.8 269.0 7.5 2.9

Other services

84.0 84.6 86.1 86.9 2.9 3.5

Government

317.7 321.0 323.0 326.2 8.5 2.7

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,194.5 3,218.2 3,240.0 3,245.0 50.5 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

153.6 152.4 151.1 150.1 -3.5 -2.3

Manufacturing

53.2 52.6 52.5 52.9 -0.3 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

397.5 404.8 402.5 403.2 5.7 1.4

Information

74.4 71.1 72.3 71.6 -2.8 -3.8

Financial activities

155.1 154.9 155.9 154.9 -0.2 -0.1

Professional and business services

725.4 738.4 743.1 744.9 19.5 2.7

Education and health services

435.9 437.3 446.8 445.7 9.8 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

308.5 316.6 319.2 322.8 14.3 4.6

Other services

192.7 192.6 194.6 193.7 1.0 0.5

Government

698.2 697.5 702.0 705.2 7.0 1.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, May 03, 2017