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Monday, August 05, 2019

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Atlanta Area Employment – June 2019

Local Rate of Employment Growth Above the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,842,800 in June 2019, up 53,500, or 1.9 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national rate of job growth was 1.5 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 professional and business services industry had the largest employment gain from June 2018 to June 2019, up 19,200, or 3.7 percent. Local job gains occurred primarily in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (+10,100). Nationwide, employment in the professional and business services industry rose 2.2 percent over the year. (See chart 2.)

Atlanta’s education and health services supersector added 10,700 jobs, an increase of 3.1 percent since June 2018. Local employment gains were primarily in the ambulatory health care services (+5,200) and hospitals (+4,500) subsectors. Nationally, employment in education and health services was up 2.6 percent over the year.

Two other supersectors in the Atlanta area gained 8,000 jobs since last June. Atlanta’s leisure and hospitality supersector added 9,000 jobs, up 2.9 percent; nationwide, employment in this supersector rose 2.0 percent over the year. Atlanta’s construction industry added 8,000 jobs since June 2018. The 6.3-percent rate of local job growth was more than double the national gain of 2.7 percent.

Since June 2018, the other services supersector in the Atlanta area lost 3,800 jobs, down 3.7 percent over the 12 months. Over the year, U.S. employment in other services was up 1.2 percent.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in June 2019. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 7 areas exceeding the national average of 1.5 percent. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington had the fastest rates of job growth, up 3.3 and 3.2 percent, respectively. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria had the slowest rate of job growth, 0.8 percent, followed by Boston-Cambridge-Nashua at 1.0 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 123,800, followed by Dallas with 120,000 jobs. Washington had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 27,500 jobs, followed by Boston with 29,100 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining eight metropolitan areas ranged from 87,100 in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim to 35,900 in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

Over the year, professional and business services added the most jobs in six areas: Atlanta, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Dallas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington. Education and health services also added the most jobs in six areas: Boston, Los Angeles, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

Information lost the most jobs in four areas: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix. Financial activities lost the most jobs in three areas: Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.

Metropolitan area employment data for July 2019 are scheduled to be released on Friday, August 16, 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 down to the supersector level 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), June 2019
Area and Industry June
2018
Apr
2019
May
2019
June
2019(p)
June
2018 to June 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

150,062 150,938 151,600 152,307 2,245 1.5

Mining and logging

740 747 754 763 23 3.1

Construction

7,497 7,380 7,543 7,697 200 2.7

Manufacturing

12,772 12,778 12,815 12,932 160 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,660 27,558 27,692 27,844 184 0.7

Information

2,847 2,796 2,794 2,813 -34 -1.2

Financial activities

8,628 8,607 8,635 8,711 83 1.0

Professional and business services

21,133 21,333 21,393 21,595 462 2.2

Education and health services

23,439 24,308 24,213 24,051 612 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

17,051 16,575 16,965 17,396 345 2.0

Other services

5,934 5,925 5,955 6,007 73 1.2

Government

22,361 22,931 22,841 22,498 137 0.6

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,789.3 2,826.3 2,835.2 2,842.8 53.5 1.9

Mining and logging

1.6 1.5 1.5 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

126.6 132.2 133.8 134.6 8.0 6.3

Manufacturing

172.2 172.7 172.4 174.1 1.9 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

602.0 606.1 606.0 606.7 4.7 0.8

Information

97.8 94.9 96.4 99.3 1.5 1.5

Financial activities

175.0 173.0 173.1 174.8 -0.2 -0.1

Professional and business services

521.0 535.0 536.0 540.2 19.2 3.7

Education and health services

349.9 365.5 362.4 360.6 10.7 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

308.6 308.4 314.4 317.6 9.0 2.9

Other services

102.2 97.6 99.3 98.4 -3.8 -3.7

Government

332.4 339.4 339.9 334.9 2.5 0.8

Footnotes
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Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry June
2018
Apr
2019
May
2019
June
2019(p)
June
2018 to June 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,789.3 2,826.3 2,835.2 2,842.8 53.5 1.9

Mining and logging

1.6 1.5 1.5 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

126.6 132.2 133.8 134.6 8.0 6.3

Manufacturing

172.2 172.7 172.4 174.1 1.9 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

602.0 606.1 606.0 606.7 4.7 0.8

Information

97.8 94.9 96.4 99.3 1.5 1.5

Financial activities

175.0 173.0 173.1 174.8 -0.2 -0.1

Professional and business services

521.0 535.0 536.0 540.2 19.2 3.7

Education and health services

349.9 365.5 362.4 360.6 10.7 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

308.6 308.4 314.4 317.6 9.0 2.9

Other services

102.2 97.6 99.3 98.4 -3.8 -3.7

Government

332.4 339.4 339.9 334.9 2.5 0.8

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,811.8 2,782.5 2,802.7 2,840.9 29.1 1.0

Mining, logging, and construction

122.5 117.6 120.3 122.4 -0.1 -0.1

Manufacturing

190.4 186.6 187.4 190.5 0.1 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

430.3 419.3 421.2 426.6 -3.7 -0.9

Information

81.2 81.5 82.2 83.7 2.5 3.1

Financial activities

187.0 182.2 182.9 185.8 -1.2 -0.6

Professional and business services

507.6 504.5 506.5 513.5 5.9 1.2

Education and health services

574.7 598.0 594.9 593.1 18.4 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

293.6 267.7 281.1 300.2 6.6 2.2

Other services

108.5 104.8 105.2 108.2 -0.3 -0.3

Government

316.0 320.3 321.0 316.9 0.9 0.3

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,792.2 4,774.7 4,816.3 4,877.0 84.8 1.8

Mining and logging

1.7 1.5 1.6 1.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

189.3 178.1 182.6 189.4 0.1 0.1

Manufacturing

423.5 423.8 427.1 430.6 7.1 1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

951.9 949.0 954.7 963.5 11.6 1.2

Information

77.7 73.5 73.2 74.4 -3.3 -4.2

Financial activities

313.2 311.7 312.1 317.3 4.1 1.3

Professional and business services

839.9 842.6 846.2 863.0 23.1 2.8

Education and health services

726.0 751.4 752.3 746.9 20.9 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

512.8 494.7 511.0 529.6 16.8 3.3

Other services

200.9 198.8 200.3 201.2 0.3 0.1

Government

555.3 549.6 555.2 559.4 4.1 0.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,695.0 3,768.0 3,782.0 3,815.0 120.0 3.2

Mining, logging, and construction

222.4 227.7 228.4 234.2 11.8 5.3

Manufacturing

279.0 283.6 284.4 286.9 7.9 2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

778.7 793.5 795.3 799.7 21.0 2.7

Information

84.6 81.5 80.6 81.7 -2.9 -3.4

Financial activities

302.2 309.7 310.6 312.6 10.4 3.4

Professional and business services

617.5 636.8 639.4 648.9 31.4 5.1

Education and health services

450.2 458.2 460.8 463.0 12.8 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

395.2 401.5 403.4 412.0 16.8 4.3

Other services

127.8 127.3 128.3 132.5 4.7 3.7

Government

437.4 448.2 450.8 443.5 6.1 1.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,099.2 3,151.5 3,167.4 3,182.1 82.9 2.7

Mining and logging

78.6 84.4 86.6 87.0 8.4 10.7

Construction

222.6 224.2 225.4 229.5 6.9 3.1

Manufacturing

229.6 240.9 239.8 240.6 11.0 4.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

622.6 622.3 623.6 630.3 7.7 1.2

Information

31.9 30.7 30.7 30.7 -1.2 -3.8

Financial activities

165.3 164.1 165.1 166.4 1.1 0.7

Professional and business services

497.2 510.5 514.6 514.8 17.6 3.5

Education and health services

392.2 404.2 403.9 401.7 9.5 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

332.7 332.1 335.4 341.2 8.5 2.6

Other services

114.6 117.0 119.1 122.0 7.4 6.5

Government

411.9 421.1 423.2 417.9 6.0 1.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,157.1 6,216.1 6,228.2 6,244.2 87.1 1.4

Mining and logging

2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 -0.1 -4.0

Construction

252.0 256.2 258.9 266.3 14.3 5.7

Manufacturing

505.0 503.1 502.0 504.8 -0.2 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,102.6 1,104.0 1,103.8 1,105.2 2.6 0.2

Information

238.4 240.6 233.6 236.9 -1.5 -0.6

Financial activities

343.3 336.4 336.5 337.7 -5.6 -1.6

Professional and business services

932.8 943.0 945.1 948.8 16.0 1.7

Education and health services

1,040.0 1,075.6 1,074.2 1,066.3 26.3 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

765.2 771.2 783.8 788.4 23.2 3.0

Other services

212.0 214.6 215.5 215.8 3.8 1.8

Government

763.3 768.9 772.3 771.6 8.3 1.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,644.4 2,735.5 2,731.5 2,701.9 57.5 2.2

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

138.1 140.9 141.5 143.7 5.6 4.1

Manufacturing

89.6 91.0 91.4 91.4 1.8 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

604.3 608.3 608.0 608.0 3.7 0.6

Information

50.8 50.4 50.8 50.8 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

184.0 185.4 186.3 185.3 1.3 0.7

Professional and business services

442.2 460.7 458.2 458.1 15.9 3.6

Education and health services

395.3 415.0 415.0 413.4 18.1 4.6

Leisure and hospitality

323.8 339.1 337.6 329.8 6.0 1.9

Other services

123.1 126.6 125.1 126.4 3.3 2.7

Government

292.5 317.4 316.9 294.3 1.8 0.6

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

Total nonfarm

9,949.8 9,917.8 9,980.3 10,073.6 123.8 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

419.7 420.2 423.8 433.6 13.9 3.3

Manufacturing

365.2 363.2 363.2 367.3 2.1 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,749.5 1,718.3 1,730.2 1,746.0 -3.5 -0.2

Information

296.1 291.9 290.9 297.9 1.8 0.6

Financial activities

791.7 768.9 770.5 779.7 -12.0 -1.5

Professional and business services

1,596.5 1,576.7 1,584.4 1,605.0 8.5 0.5

Education and health services

1,967.3 2,072.0 2,070.9 2,053.5 86.2 4.4

Leisure and hospitality

992.2 933.9 968.9 1,010.4 18.2 1.8

Other services

432.7 430.5 434.2 435.8 3.1 0.7

Government

1,338.9 1,342.2 1,343.3 1,344.4 5.5 0.4

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

Total nonfarm

2,954.6 2,974.2 2,981.9 2,990.5 35.9 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

120.6 123.2 126.0 128.8 8.2 6.8

Manufacturing

182.7 181.7 181.6 183.5 0.8 0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

525.0 515.9 518.2 521.2 -3.8 -0.7

Information

49.4 47.8 48.1 48.8 -0.6 -1.2

Financial activities

218.0 214.6 215.7 218.1 0.1 0.0

Professional and business services

470.8 473.9 475.2 478.1 7.3 1.6

Education and health services

644.1 674.7 667.5 654.0 9.9 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

285.7 275.6 283.7 294.4 8.7 3.0

Other services

123.4 122.6 123.7 125.0 1.6 1.3

Government

334.9 344.2 342.2 338.6 3.7 1.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,061.8 2,166.5 2,159.2 2,130.2 68.4 3.3

Mining and logging

3.6 3.7 3.7 3.7 0.1 2.8

Construction

124.2 137.8 137.1 137.4 13.2 10.6

Manufacturing

128.0 132.2 133.8 134.9 6.9 5.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

398.9 407.6 407.2 409.6 10.7 2.7

Information

38.8 39.1 38.6 38.1 -0.7 -1.8

Financial activities

192.3 191.0 192.1 193.7 1.4 0.7

Professional and business services

349.8 362.1 361.3 360.3 10.5 3.0

Education and health services

314.4 339.1 338.6 335.0 20.6 6.6

Leisure and hospitality

226.4 236.1 233.4 228.1 1.7 0.8

Other services

69.8 70.3 71.2 70.6 0.8 1.1

Government

215.6 247.5 242.2 218.8 3.2 1.5

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,450.0 2,489.1 2,499.6 2,510.9 60.9 2.5

Mining and logging

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

126.3 131.3 134.9 137.5 11.2 8.9

Manufacturing

144.9 143.7 143.0 143.9 -1.0 -0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

375.7 376.0 376.1 377.4 1.7 0.5

Information

117.4 119.9 120.7 123.1 5.7 4.9

Financial activities

142.2 143.7 144.8 145.7 3.5 2.5

Professional and business services

493.4 507.0 508.2 515.7 22.3 4.5

Education and health services

355.5 369.8 369.4 366.4 10.9 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

279.2 281.1 285.1 285.8 6.6 2.4

Other services

89.1 87.7 87.7 87.4 -1.7 -1.9

Government

326.0 328.6 329.4 327.7 1.7 0.5

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

Total nonfarm

3,334.0 3,326.9 3,335.7 3,361.5 27.5 0.8

Mining, logging, and construction

162.0 158.7 160.3 162.7 0.7 0.4

Manufacturing

56.1 54.8 55.7 56.5 0.4 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

407.5 397.1 402.6 405.6 -1.9 -0.5

Information

75.7 73.8 73.1 73.8 -1.9 -2.5

Financial activities

160.9 156.4 155.9 158.3 -2.6 -1.6

Professional and business services

768.3 772.3 770.6 781.1 12.8 1.7

Education and health services

436.6 449.2 444.5 444.0 7.4 1.7

Leisure and hospitality

350.4 346.2 353.0 361.5 11.1 3.2

Other services

210.8 208.9 208.9 211.7 0.9 0.4

Government

705.7 709.5 711.1 706.3 0.6 0.1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, August 05, 2019