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22-595-ATL
Wednesday, April 06, 2022

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Atlanta Area Employment — February 2022

Total nonfarm employment for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, increased by 174,400 over the year in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the local rate of job gain, 6.3 percent, compared to the 4.9-percent national increase. (See chart 1 and table 1.) (All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)


Industry employment

In Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, professional and business services had the largest gain (+43,000) among the metropolitan area’s private-industry supersectors. (See chart 2.) Within this supersector, the professional, scientific, and technical services sector added 20,500 jobs and the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector added 19,400 jobs. The 8.0-percent increase in the metropolitan area’s professional and business services supersector compared to the 5.6-percent gain on a national level.


Trade, transportation, and utilities added 34,900 jobs over the year in the metropolitan area. Within this supersector, the retail trade sector added the most jobs (+14,800), followed by the transportation and warehousing sector (+12,600). The metropolitan area had a 5.9-percent gain in the trade, transportation, and utilities supersector, compared to the 4.6-percent increase for the nation.

Leisure and hospitality gained 31,400 jobs. Accommodation and food services accounted for 24,000, or 76 percent, of the jobs gained within this supersector.

Education and health services added 22,400 jobs. The majority of employment gained in this supersector was concentrated in the health care and social assistance sector (+17,300).

Financial activities added 11,600 jobs over the year, and manufacturing gained 9,300 jobs.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in February 2022. All 12 areas gained jobs over the year. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, had the largest increase (+512,100), followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (+417,000). Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, had the smallest increase (+89,600) among the largest areas. (See table 2 and chart 3.)

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, each had a 7.4-percent rate of job gain in February 2022. The rates of job gain in the remaining 10 areas ranged from 6.9 percent in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, to 4.0 percent in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for March is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data

Effective with this news release, all nonfarm payroll employment estimates for areas presented in tables 1 and 2 have been adjusted to 2021 benchmark levels in accordance with standard practices. Not seasonally adjusted data beginning with April 2020 were subject to revision. Some series may have been revised as far back as 1990.


Technical Note

This release presents nonfarm payroll employment estimates from the CES program. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative endeavor between State employment security agencies and the U.S. 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 estimates are produced with a model that uses direct sample estimates (described above) combined with other regressors to decrease volatility in estimation.

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. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/web/laus/bmrk_article.htm.

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 totals shown in the same tables due to 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.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this news release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on April 10, 2018. The 12 metropolitan areas discussed in this release are the metropolitan areas with the largest population according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and the Atlanta metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area Feb
2021
Dec
2021
Jan
2022
Feb
2022(p)
Feb 2021 to
Feb 2022(p)
Net
change
Percent
change

United States(1)

Total nonfarm

142,129 150,352 147,505 149,144 7,015 4.9

Mining and logging

531 589 580 588 57 10.7

Construction

6,970 7,449 7,192 7,284 314 4.5

Manufacturing

12,169 12,579 12,493 12,577 408 3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,085 29,043 28,279 28,333 1,248 4.6

Information

2,749 2,925 2,876 2,899 150 5.5

Financial activities

8,674 8,893 8,804 8,848 174 2.0

Professional and business services

20,649 21,964 21,528 21,806 1,157 5.6

Education and health services

23,503 24,090 23,752 24,154 651 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

12,540 14,804 14,458 14,717 2,177 17.4

Other services

5,266 5,586 5,520 5,582 316 6.0

Government

21,993 22,430 22,023 22,356 363 1.7

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,748.3 2,916.8 2,888.6 2,922.7 174.4 6.3

Mining and logging

1.8 1.9 1.9 1.9 0.1 5.6

Construction

127.9 133.1 132.7 130.5 2.6 2.0

Manufacturing

164.4 175.0 171.8 173.7 9.3 5.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

594.1 642.7 627.9 629.0 34.9 5.9

Information

106.8 112.7 113.8 116.4 9.6 9.0

Financial activities

180.8 190.0 190.6 192.4 11.6 6.4

Professional and business services

540.6 572.4 569.3 583.6 43.0 8.0

Education and health services

362.7 381.3 381.7 385.1 22.4 6.2

Leisure and hospitality

245.4 274.9 268.7 276.8 31.4 12.8

Other services

95.2 99.8 99.6 100.9 5.7 6.0

Government

328.6 333.0 330.6 332.4 3.8 1.2

Footnotes
(1) U.S. data are preliminary for two months after they are first published.
(p) Preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area Feb
2021
Dec
2021
Jan
2022
Feb
2022(p)
Feb 2021 to
Feb 2022(p)
Net
change
Percent
change

United States(1)

Total nonfarm

142,129 150,352 147,505 149,144 7,015 4.9

Mining and logging

531 589 580 588 57 10.7

Construction

6,970 7,449 7,192 7,284 314 4.5

Manufacturing

12,169 12,579 12,493 12,577 408 3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,085 29,043 28,279 28,333 1,248 4.6

Information

2,749 2,925 2,876 2,899 150 5.5

Financial activities

8,674 8,893 8,804 8,848 174 2.0

Professional and business services

20,649 21,964 21,528 21,806 1,157 5.6

Education and health services

23,503 24,090 23,752 24,154 651 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

12,540 14,804 14,458 14,717 2,177 17.4

Other services

5,266 5,586 5,520 5,582 316 6.0

Government

21,993 22,430 22,023 22,356 363 1.7

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,748.3 2,916.8 2,888.6 2,922.7 174.4 6.3

Mining and logging

1.8 1.9 1.9 1.9 0.1 5.6

Construction

127.9 133.1 132.7 130.5 2.6 2.0

Manufacturing

164.4 175.0 171.8 173.7 9.3 5.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

594.1 642.7 627.9 629.0 34.9 5.9

Information

106.8 112.7 113.8 116.4 9.6 9.0

Financial activities

180.8 190.0 190.6 192.4 11.6 6.4

Professional and business services

540.6 572.4 569.3 583.6 43.0 8.0

Education and health services

362.7 381.3 381.7 385.1 22.4 6.2

Leisure and hospitality

245.4 274.9 268.7 276.8 31.4 12.8

Other services

95.2 99.8 99.6 100.9 5.7 6.0

Government

328.6 333.0 330.6 332.4 3.8 1.2

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (NECTA)

Total nonfarm

2,579.3 2,739.2 2,688.4 2,711.5 132.2 5.1

Mining, logging, and construction

112.6 126.1 121.6 120.0 7.4 6.6

Manufacturing

176.4 181.5 180.5 181.1 4.7 2.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

391.2 415.1 404.9 403.6 12.4 3.2

Information

80.1 83.1 82.3 83.3 3.2 4.0

Financial activities

181.6 180.0 179.4 179.1 -2.5 -1.4

Professional and business services

501.2 528.4 521.6 526.2 25.0 5.0

Education and health services

576.9 592.9 583.8 594.9 18.0 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

172.2 229.6 220.0 221.7 49.5 28.7

Other services

86.3 94.4 92.8 94.0 7.7 8.9

Government

300.8 308.1 301.5 307.6 6.8 2.3

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,359.9 4,656.9 4,549.7 4,581.7 221.8 5.1

Mining and logging

1.3 1.7 1.7 1.7 0.4 30.8

Construction

147.3 174.2 157.0 156.5 9.2 6.2

Manufacturing

398.3 402.9 401.4 404.7 6.4 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

914.2 981.3 950.4 950.6 36.4 4.0

Information

71.6 75.0 75.7 77.6 6.0 8.4

Financial activities

312.9 317.9 315.5 314.5 1.6 0.5

Professional and business services

793.1 843.6 824.8 826.3 33.2 4.2

Education and health services

711.1 719.7 710.4 724.6 13.5 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

327.9 424.3 410.8 413.6 85.7 26.1

Other services

176.1 185.7 184.0 184.5 8.4 4.8

Government

506.1 530.6 518.0 527.1 21.0 4.1

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,710.8 3,999.9 3,954.8 3,986.6 275.8 7.4

Mining, logging, and construction

212.6 224.9 223.0 222.8 10.2 4.8

Manufacturing

281.7 288.1 284.4 288.3 6.6 2.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

813.9 894.4 872.1 871.1 57.2 7.0

Information

79.6 85.6 86.3 86.5 6.9 8.7

Financial activities

331.2 351.0 352.8 357.6 26.4 8.0

Professional and business services

649.6 721.0 715.0 723.7 74.1 11.4

Education and health services

451.3 470.8 466.5 474.3 23.0 5.1

Leisure and hospitality

327.7 382.7 380.3 388.1 60.4 18.4

Other services

112.5 127.9 125.6 124.1 11.6 10.3

Government

450.7 453.5 448.8 450.1 -0.6 -0.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

2,982.5 3,177.0 3,130.0 3,175.5 193.0 6.5

Mining and logging

61.1 63.6 63.8 65.5 4.4 7.2

Construction

201.9 216.3 211.7 214.0 12.1 6.0

Manufacturing

210.6 218.0 216.6 218.2 7.6 3.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

616.1 668.4 652.8 659.2 43.1 7.0

Information

27.9 31.2 31.5 31.5 3.6 12.9

Financial activities

165.5 171.1 169.3 171.8 6.3 3.8

Professional and business services

488.8 515.7 506.9 517.3 28.5 5.8

Education and health services

401.3 424.4 421.1 425.2 23.9 6.0

Leisure and hospitality

283.1 318.9 316.0 325.9 42.8 15.1

Other services

104.3 112.2 110.0 109.3 5.0 4.8

Government

421.9 437.2 430.3 437.6 15.7 3.7

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

5,666.6 6,111.4 6,005.0 6,083.6 417.0 7.4

Mining and logging

2.1 2.0 2.0 2.0 -0.1 -4.8

Construction

249.7 254.2 247.0 256.6 6.9 2.8

Manufacturing

454.9 463.1 461.3 466.3 11.4 2.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,051.7 1,116.3 1,089.6 1,091.6 39.9 3.8

Information

217.4 252.4 244.1 251.6 34.2 15.7

Financial activities

326.6 326.8 323.7 323.2 -3.4 -1.0

Professional and business services

930.1 984.8 961.3 974.6 44.5 4.8

Education and health services

1,061.6 1,104.0 1,098.3 1,111.6 50.0 4.7

Leisure and hospitality

499.6 681.6 666.8 682.6 183.0 36.6

Other services

165.4 195.6 191.5 195.1 29.7 18.0

Government

707.5 730.6 719.4 728.4 20.9 3.0

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,602.0 2,762.1 2,728.4 2,756.9 154.9 6.0

Mining and logging

0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.1 12.5

Construction

138.1 140.9 138.4 139.9 1.8 1.3

Manufacturing

88.3 91.8 90.2 91.6 3.3 3.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

594.3 638.6 628.5 634.7 40.4 6.8

Information

49.4 52.7 52.3 52.8 3.4 6.9

Financial activities

191.1 200.1 199.8 200.6 9.5 5.0

Professional and business services

454.2 488.4 479.5 482.3 28.1 6.2

Education and health services

402.9 415.6 410.0 414.9 12.0 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

270.2 313.0 312.3 320.0 49.8 18.4

Other services

107.6 112.9 112.6 113.7 6.1 5.7

Government

305.1 307.2 303.9 305.5 0.4 0.1

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

Total nonfarm

8,943.5 9,639.0 9,351.6 9,455.6 512.1 5.7

Mining, logging, and construction

360.6 390.2 367.1 368.5 7.9 2.2

Manufacturing

328.1 339.3 331.2 335.5 7.4 2.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,550.2 1,695.5 1,632.6 1,630.9 80.7 5.2

Information

292.7 319.8 315.1 317.8 25.1 8.6

Financial activities

760.5 775.9 764.0 768.7 8.2 1.1

Professional and business services

1,469.8 1,602.1 1,543.4 1,561.9 92.1 6.3

Education and health services

1,989.2 2,044.7 1,995.6 2,033.3 44.1 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

565.7 787.3 747.6 760.2 194.5 34.4

Other services

353.6 381.7 381.1 388.2 34.6 9.8

Government

1,273.1 1,302.5 1,273.9 1,290.6 17.5 1.4

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

Total nonfarm

2,777.5 2,947.1 2,879.2 2,906.7 129.2 4.7

Mining, logging, and construction

109.3 120.0 115.6 115.3 6.0 5.5

Manufacturing

171.7 176.8 175.2 176.6 4.9 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

516.0 555.2 535.9 535.7 19.7 3.8

Information

47.8 50.2 48.9 48.5 0.7 1.5

Financial activities

216.1 219.3 217.1 217.4 1.3 0.6

Professional and business services

455.6 480.5 475.0 480.6 25.0 5.5

Education and health services

637.5 655.4 641.8 655.6 18.1 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

187.5 240.6 228.4 230.2 42.7 22.8

Other services

107.0 116.1 114.8 115.5 8.5 7.9

Government

329.0 333.0 326.5 331.3 2.3 0.7

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,179.7 2,286.6 2,250.9 2,269.3 89.6 4.1

Mining and logging

2.5 2.9 2.9 2.9 0.4 16.0

Construction

136.6 139.9 138.5 140.7 4.1 3.0

Manufacturing

135.8 139.1 139.8 141.2 5.4 4.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

433.3 468.6 457.8 457.9 24.6 5.7

Information

38.8 41.6 41.0 40.6 1.8 4.6

Financial activities

215.0 217.2 214.1 215.1 0.1 0.0

Professional and business services

367.4 385.8 374.5 379.0 11.6 3.2

Education and health services

341.9 351.9 347.1 351.5 9.6 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

199.9 224.7 225.3 226.1 26.2 13.1

Other services

65.4 70.9 69.4 71.4 6.0 9.2

Government

243.1 244.0 240.5 242.9 -0.2 -0.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,247.2 2,416.7 2,375.4 2,402.2 155.0 6.9

Mining and logging

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

119.5 118.8 117.3 122.0 2.5 2.1

Manufacturing

144.5 149.4 149.5 151.3 6.8 4.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

343.4 366.8 357.8 356.5 13.1 3.8

Information

135.5 145.0 142.6 142.7 7.2 5.3

Financial activities

138.1 141.5 140.8 142.2 4.1 3.0

Professional and business services

479.2 508.8 503.4 505.7 26.5 5.5

Education and health services

358.3 372.7 365.9 370.7 12.4 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

157.3 219.6 209.9 218.8 61.5 39.1

Other services

67.4 79.3 78.0 79.4 12.0 17.8

Government

303.6 314.4 309.8 312.5 8.9 2.9

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

Total nonfarm

3,130.4 3,295.2 3,224.8 3,254.3 123.9 4.0

Mining, logging, and construction

157.4 161.6 157.4 160.5 3.1 2.0

Manufacturing

54.4 56.5 54.9 55.0 0.6 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

385.9 418.5 402.7 399.5 13.6 3.5

Information

74.8 77.8 76.6 76.5 1.7 2.3

Financial activities

155.7 154.0 151.5 152.4 -3.3 -2.1

Professional and business services

768.2 791.8 779.4 787.7 19.5 2.5

Education and health services

426.0 432.5 422.1 428.7 2.7 0.6

Leisure and hospitality

217.1 288.1 280.4 283.0 65.9 30.4

Other services

190.6 195.3 193.8 194.4 3.8 2.0

Government

700.3 719.1 706.0 716.6 16.3 2.3

Footnotes
(1) U.S. data are preliminary for two months after they are first published.
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, April 06, 2022