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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

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Atlanta Area Employment – August 2019

Local Rate of Employment Growth Similar to the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,848,100 in August 2019, up 42,500, or 1.5 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national rate of job growth was 1.4 percent. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Atlanta area has had over-the-year employment gains each month since July 2010. (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 leisure and hospitality industry had the largest employment gain from August 2018 to August 2019, up 14,500, or 4.8 percent. Local job gains occurred primarily in the food services and drinking places subsector (+11,600). Nationwide, employment in the leisure and hospitality industry rose 1.8 percent over the year. (See chart 2.)

Atlanta’s professional and business services supersector added 9,600 jobs, an increase of 1.8 percent since August 2018. Local employment gains were concentrated in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (+9,500). Nationally, employment in professional and business services was up 2.1 percent over the year.

Over the year, the education and health services supersector added 8,300 jobs in Atlanta, with over two-thirds in the ambulatory health care services subsector (+5,600). Atlanta’s over the year gain in education and health services jobs (+2.3 percent) was similar to the 2.5 percent national gain.

Five other supersectors in the Atlanta area gained jobs since August 2018: construction, manufacturing, government, financial activities, and trade, transportation, and utilities. Over the year employment gains for these five local industry sectors ranged from 6,100 to 1,100.

Since August 2018, the other services supersector in the Atlanta area lost 3,300 jobs, down 3.2 percent over the 12 months. Over the year, U.S. employment in other services was up 1.6 percent.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in August 2019. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 6 areas exceeding the national average of 1.4 percent. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+3.1 percent), and in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (+2.7 percent each). Chicago-Naperville-Elgin and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria had the slowest rates of job growth, (+1.0 percent each). (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 134,200, followed by Dallas with 115,800 jobs. Washington had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 33,600 jobs, followed by Boston-Cambridge-Nashua with 39,600 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining eight metropolitan areas ranged from 81,900 in Houston to 41,500 in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

Over the year, educational and health services added the most jobs in seven areas: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Professional and business services added the most jobs in three areas: Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward.

Information lost the most jobs in five areas: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Phoenix. Trade, transportation, and utilities lost the most jobs in three areas: Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington.

Metropolitan area employment data for September 2019 are scheduled to be released on Friday, October 18, 2019.


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.

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 the total nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/sae/additional-resources/reliability-of-state-and-area-estimates.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/sae/additional-resources/reliability-of-state-and-area-estimates.htm. Measures of nonsampling error are not available for the areas contained in this release. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/sae/publications/benchmark-article/annual-benchmark-article.pdf.

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. 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)
Area and Industry Aug
2018
June
2019
July
2019
Aug
2019(p)
Aug
2018 to Aug 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

149,453 152,243 151,169 151,517 2,064 1.4

Mining and logging

757 762 763 762 5 0.7

Construction

7,587 7,699 7,750 7,764 177 2.3

Manufacturing

12,801 12,926 12,922 12,934 133 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,661 27,831 27,801 27,748 87 0.3

Information

2,851 2,837 2,848 2,856 5 0.2

Financial activities

8,646 8,712 8,760 8,760 114 1.3

Professional and business services

21,216 21,584 21,604 21,668 452 2.1

Education and health services

23,444 24,032 23,944 24,021 577 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

17,096 17,403 17,478 17,398 302 1.8

Other services

5,890 6,014 6,020 5,983 93 1.6

Government

21,504 22,443 21,279 21,623 119 0.6

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,805.6 2,841.7 2,835.8 2,848.1 42.5 1.5

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

127.6 134.6 134.2 133.7 6.1 4.8

Manufacturing

172.1 174.0 175.2 175.4 3.3 1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.1 606.6 606.1 604.2 1.1 0.2

Information

99.2 99.1 99.3 98.8 -0.4 -0.4

Financial activities

175.3 174.6 176.2 176.8 1.5 0.9

Professional and business services

528.4 539.2 538.8 538.0 9.6 1.8

Education and health services

357.6 359.7 360.4 365.9 8.3 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

304.9 318.5 318.5 319.4 14.5 4.8

Other services

101.8 98.6 99.3 98.5 -3.3 -3.2

Government

334.0 335.2 326.2 335.8 1.8 0.5

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 Aug
2018
June
2019
July
2019
Aug
2019(p)
Aug
2018 to Aug 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,805.6 2,841.7 2,835.8 2,848.1 42.5 1.5

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

127.6 134.6 134.2 133.7 6.1 4.8

Manufacturing

172.1 174.0 175.2 175.4 3.3 1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.1 606.6 606.1 604.2 1.1 0.2

Information

99.2 99.1 99.3 98.8 -0.4 -0.4

Financial activities

175.3 174.6 176.2 176.8 1.5 0.9

Professional and business services

528.4 539.2 538.8 538.0 9.6 1.8

Education and health services

357.6 359.7 360.4 365.9 8.3 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

304.9 318.5 318.5 319.4 14.5 4.8

Other services

101.8 98.6 99.3 98.5 -3.3 -3.2

Government

334.0 335.2 326.2 335.8 1.8 0.5

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,770.9 2,837.1 2,819.3 2,810.5 39.6 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

122.1 122.3 124.6 123.3 1.2 1.0

Manufacturing

189.4 189.5 189.0 189.0 -0.4 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

423.5 426.0 423.2 421.1 -2.4 -0.6

Information

81.9 83.4 83.7 84.9 3.0 3.7

Financial activities

186.9 186.7 187.7 188.1 1.2 0.6

Professional and business services

510.2 513.7 516.5 519.1 8.9 1.7

Education and health services

571.7 591.2 592.6 589.2 17.5 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

290.2 299.4 298.9 296.7 6.5 2.2

Other services

107.7 107.9 109.7 109.3 1.6 1.5

Government

287.3 317.0 293.4 289.8 2.5 0.9

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,782.9 4,873.1 4,848.5 4,830.4 47.5 1.0

Mining and logging

1.7 1.7 1.6 1.6 -0.1 -5.9

Construction

189.6 189.7 192.3 190.7 1.1 0.6

Manufacturing

424.0 430.2 429.6 428.1 4.1 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

950.1 962.4 959.3 959.4 9.3 1.0

Information

78.8 74.5 74.2 74.0 -4.8 -6.1

Financial activities

315.7 317.0 318.5 316.7 1.0 0.3

Professional and business services

854.5 859.7 861.6 859.7 5.2 0.6

Education and health services

719.9 746.6 739.0 740.6 20.7 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

512.7 531.4 532.2 522.0 9.3 1.8

Other services

200.1 201.2 199.6 200.8 0.7 0.3

Government

535.8 558.7 540.6 536.8 1.0 0.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,695.1 3,810.1 3,804.5 3,810.9 115.8 3.1

Mining, logging, and construction

223.9 234.2 236.8 238.6 14.7 6.6

Manufacturing

280.2 286.7 288.2 286.9 6.7 2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

785.5 799.2 800.4 800.4 14.9 1.9

Information

83.1 81.4 81.5 82.2 -0.9 -1.1

Financial activities

303.7 312.3 317.6 317.7 14.0 4.6

Professional and business services

627.4 647.2 653.6 655.5 28.1 4.5

Education and health services

453.0 461.4 462.8 465.6 12.6 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

392.6 411.8 408.3 407.9 15.3 3.9

Other services

125.8 132.5 130.8 129.9 4.1 3.3

Government

419.9 443.4 424.5 426.2 6.3 1.5

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,085.0 3,185.2 3,166.9 3,166.9 81.9 2.7

Mining and logging

79.2 87.6 86.9 85.8 6.6 8.3

Construction

223.5 229.6 228.1 227.1 3.6 1.6

Manufacturing

231.5 240.9 241.6 243.0 11.5 5.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

624.2 630.4 630.4 630.7 6.5 1.0

Information

31.5 30.7 30.5 29.8 -1.7 -5.4

Financial activities

165.7 166.6 168.0 168.8 3.1 1.9

Professional and business services

499.5 516.4 520.6 522.3 22.8 4.6

Education and health services

396.4 402.0 400.3 406.0 9.6 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

332.9 341.1 341.4 337.6 4.7 1.4

Other services

111.9 122.2 120.3 121.6 9.7 8.7

Government

388.7 417.7 398.8 394.2 5.5 1.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,131.3 6,246.4 6,174.7 6,202.9 71.6 1.2

Mining and logging

2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 0.1 4.2

Construction

257.7 266.8 269.6 268.5 10.8 4.2

Manufacturing

504.5 505.2 505.4 505.4 0.9 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,111.0 1,104.7 1,108.4 1,108.5 -2.5 -0.2

Information

240.3 236.9 236.0 241.3 1.0 0.4

Financial activities

343.4 338.1 341.6 343.9 0.5 0.1

Professional and business services

943.9 947.8 951.8 960.8 16.9 1.8

Education and health services

1,039.7 1,066.7 1,057.3 1,068.8 29.1 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

766.7 788.4 784.6 783.6 16.9 2.2

Other services

211.1 215.5 213.7 213.5 2.4 1.1

Government

710.6 773.9 703.8 706.1 -4.5 -0.6

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,672.7 2,703.8 2,699.8 2,725.8 53.1 2.0

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

138.9 143.5 143.5 141.7 2.8 2.0

Manufacturing

89.8 91.5 91.8 91.8 2.0 2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.6 607.8 606.4 606.9 3.3 0.5

Information

51.9 50.6 50.4 50.1 -1.8 -3.5

Financial activities

184.4 186.2 186.5 187.7 3.3 1.8

Professional and business services

446.8 459.1 461.3 461.3 14.5 3.2

Education and health services

397.9 413.9 413.6 417.0 19.1 4.8

Leisure and hospitality

323.1 330.4 328.2 327.6 4.5 1.4

Other services

122.8 126.3 126.4 126.7 3.9 3.2

Government

312.8 293.8 291.0 314.3 1.5 0.5

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

Total nonfarm

9,803.8 10,058.8 9,990.2 9,938.0 134.2 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

420.9 433.5 435.7 436.5 15.6 3.7

Manufacturing

362.2 366.9 364.6 363.2 1.0 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,717.5 1,746.3 1,727.8 1,722.0 4.5 0.3

Information

296.0 296.5 297.5 297.0 1.0 0.3

Financial activities

794.4 780.9 785.7 783.6 -10.8 -1.4

Professional and business services

1,586.9 1,607.5 1,595.0 1,590.7 3.8 0.2

Education and health services

1,926.2 2,036.8 2,001.6 1,995.9 69.7 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

985.2 1,009.4 1,025.0 1,019.9 34.7 3.5

Other services

425.0 437.2 436.6 435.4 10.4 2.4

Government

1,289.5 1,343.8 1,320.7 1,293.8 4.3 0.3

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

Total nonfarm

2,919.0 2,988.0 2,958.0 2,960.5 41.5 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

121.8 128.0 128.7 128.4 6.6 5.4

Manufacturing

182.7 183.5 183.3 183.0 0.3 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

519.4 520.9 518.8 515.9 -3.5 -0.7

Information

48.5 49.0 49.1 49.4 0.9 1.9

Financial activities

217.6 218.6 218.8 219.3 1.7 0.8

Professional and business services

467.0 478.7 475.7 478.6 11.6 2.5

Education and health services

640.3 653.9 650.4 652.1 11.8 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

285.0 293.3 293.3 291.1 6.1 2.1

Other services

122.2 125.2 124.1 123.5 1.3 1.1

Government

314.5 336.9 315.8 319.2 4.7 1.5

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,102.8 2,126.5 2,117.7 2,160.4 57.6 2.7

Mining and logging

3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

126.0 137.4 137.0 137.0 11.0 8.7

Manufacturing

128.4 134.8 136.0 136.5 8.1 6.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

402.6 408.8 409.0 411.3 8.7 2.2

Information

38.6 38.2 37.6 37.8 -0.8 -2.1

Financial activities

193.3 193.7 193.4 196.6 3.3 1.7

Professional and business services

355.2 361.4 360.0 359.7 4.5 1.3

Education and health services

324.5 333.7 335.2 338.6 14.1 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

224.7 228.7 227.2 228.0 3.3 1.5

Other services

69.2 70.7 70.1 71.1 1.9 2.7

Government

236.6 215.4 208.5 240.1 3.5 1.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,449.7 2,512.3 2,506.2 2,508.8 59.1 2.4

Mining and logging

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

127.4 137.6 137.3 137.5 10.1 7.9

Manufacturing

146.6 143.7 144.1 144.0 -2.6 -1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

379.6 377.4 379.7 379.5 -0.1 0.0

Information

119.2 123.0 123.8 124.4 5.2 4.4

Financial activities

142.9 145.8 147.7 147.2 4.3 3.0

Professional and business services

500.7 516.7 522.0 522.2 21.5 4.3

Education and health services

352.1 365.6 363.3 364.4 12.3 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

279.4 286.0 286.4 285.7 6.3 2.3

Other services

89.1 87.5 87.4 86.7 -2.4 -2.7

Government

312.4 328.7 314.2 316.9 4.5 1.4

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

Total nonfarm

3,301.1 3,359.7 3,361.1 3,334.7 33.6 1.0

Mining, logging, and construction

164.6 162.8 164.9 167.3 2.7 1.6

Manufacturing

56.0 56.2 56.4 55.4 -0.6 -1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

405.9 405.8 404.0 401.5 -4.4 -1.1

Information

74.5 73.6 73.9 73.2 -1.3 -1.7

Financial activities

160.2 158.3 157.1 158.0 -2.2 -1.4

Professional and business services

770.6 778.6 784.5 780.0 9.4 1.2

Education and health services

435.9 443.3 443.8 444.8 8.9 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

346.0 362.9 361.1 361.6 15.6 4.5

Other services

210.1 212.0 214.0 213.1 3.0 1.4

Government

677.3 706.2 701.4 679.8 2.5 0.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, October 02, 2019