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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

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Atlanta Area Employment – June 2018

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 2,780,300 in June 2018, up 49,000, or 1.8 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national rate of job growth was 1.6 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 trade, transportation, and utilities industry had the largest employment gain from June 2017 to June 2018, up 18,500, or 3.1 percent. Local job gains in the industry were concentrated in the transportation and warehousing sector (+10,800). Nationwide, employment in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry rose 1.1 percent from the previous June. (See chart 2.)

Atlanta’s leisure and hospitality supersector added 11,900 jobs, a 4.0-percent increase over the 12-month period. Local job growth for this industry was concentrated in the food services and drinking places subsector (+13,200). In contrast, local employment in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector declined since June 2017 (-1,500). Employment nationwide in leisure and hospitality increased 1.6 percent from June a year ago.

Two other supersectors in the Atlanta area gained at least 8,000 jobs since last June. Atlanta’s education and health services industry added 8,700 jobs, up 2.6 percent; nationwide, employment in this supersector rose 2.0 percent over the year. Atlanta’s construction supersector gained 8,400 jobs over the year. The 6.9-percent rate of local job growth exceeded the national gain of 3.9 percent.

For the sixth consecutive month, the information supersector in the Atlanta area lost jobs over the year. During the most recent 12-month period, the local information supersector lost 7,500 jobs, a 7.6-percent rate of decline. Nationally, employment in this supersector declined 1.0 percent during the 12-month period ended June 2018. No other industry supersector in the Atlanta area had an employment decline of 1,000 or more jobs from June 2017 to June 2018.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in June 2018. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 7 areas matching or exceeding the national increase of 1.6 percent. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.1 percent each. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, up 1.0 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 117,400, followed by Dallas, up 109,400. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 34,100 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining nine metropolitan areas ranged from 94,600 in Houston to 34,800 in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in five areas: Chicago, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Professional and business services gained the most jobs in four areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco.

Government lost the most jobs in five areas: Boston, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and Washington. The information supersector lost the most jobs in four additional areas. Dallas was the only metropolitan area to have no annual job losses in any supersector from June a year ago.

Metropolitan area employment data for July 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, August 17, 2018.


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 private employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.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/790stderr.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/web/laus/benchmark.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 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), June 2018
Area and Industry June
2017
Apr
2018
May
2018
June
2018(p)
June
2017 to June 2018(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

147,578 148,372 149,334 149,980 2,402 1.6

Mining and logging

684 721 730 742 58 8.5

Construction

7,157 7,081 7,279 7,439 282 3.9

Manufacturing

12,508 12,598 12,654 12,795 287 2.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,498 27,496 27,690 27,804 306 1.1

Information

2,809 2,763 2,765 2,781 -28 -1.0

Financial activities

8,510 8,505 8,552 8,637 127 1.5

Professional and business services

20,600 20,822 20,933 21,134 534 2.6

Education and health services

22,966 23,697 23,633 23,417 451 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

16,759 16,134 16,552 17,027 268 1.6

Other services

5,849 5,841 5,886 5,956 107 1.8

Government

22,238 22,714 22,660 22,248 10 0.0

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,731.3 2,757.1 2,771.4 2,780.3 49.0 1.8

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

122.0 126.3 129.1 130.4 8.4 6.9

Manufacturing

167.2 168.8 168.9 168.7 1.5 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

601.5 612.8 617.5 620.0 18.5 3.1

Information

99.3 91.2 91.7 91.8 -7.5 -7.6

Financial activities

171.4 169.7 170.3 171.0 -0.4 -0.2

Professional and business services

501.0 497.9 497.2 505.2 4.2 0.8

Education and health services

337.7 353.2 352.0 346.4 8.7 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

300.2 299.5 308.1 312.1 11.9 4.0

Other services

101.3 98.7 100.0 101.7 0.4 0.4

Government

328.1 337.4 335.0 331.4 3.3 1.0

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 June
2017
Apr
2018
May
2018
June
2018(p)
June
2017 to June 2018(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,731.3 2,757.1 2,771.4 2,780.3 49.0 1.8

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

122.0 126.3 129.1 130.4 8.4 6.9

Manufacturing

167.2 168.8 168.9 168.7 1.5 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

601.5 612.8 617.5 620.0 18.5 3.1

Information

99.3 91.2 91.7 91.8 -7.5 -7.6

Financial activities

171.4 169.7 170.3 171.0 -0.4 -0.2

Professional and business services

501.0 497.9 497.2 505.2 4.2 0.8

Education and health services

337.7 353.2 352.0 346.4 8.7 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

300.2 299.5 308.1 312.1 11.9 4.0

Other services

101.3 98.7 100.0 101.7 0.4 0.4

Government

328.1 337.4 335.0 331.4 3.3 1.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,771.4 2,763.9 2,787.5 2,824.8 53.4 1.9

Mining, logging, and construction

115.5 113.8 119.6 123.3 7.8 6.8

Manufacturing

188.3 188.1 188.6 192.2 3.9 2.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

428.8 419.7 423.9 430.9 2.1 0.5

Information

80.6 79.1 79.5 80.2 -0.4 -0.5

Financial activities

187.5 182.8 183.5 185.8 -1.7 -0.9

Professional and business services

488.9 497.0 501.0 513.1 24.2 4.9

Education and health services

574.3 592.8 589.2 582.9 8.6 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

287.8 269.5 281.2 295.7 7.9 2.7

Other services

106.0 105.5 105.1 109.1 3.1 2.9

Government

313.7 315.6 315.9 311.6 -2.1 -0.7

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,757.4 4,695.1 4,750.8 4,803.9 46.5 1.0

Mining and logging

1.7 1.6 1.6 1.6 -0.1 -5.9

Construction

180.7 173.8 183.7 189.9 9.2 5.1

Manufacturing

419.6 419.6 421.7 425.0 5.4 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

951.4 944.9 952.4 954.8 3.4 0.4

Information

80.2 75.6 76.1 75.8 -4.4 -5.5

Financial activities

307.0 305.6 307.9 312.2 5.2 1.7

Professional and business services

837.9 813.7 823.0 842.8 4.9 0.6

Education and health services

718.5 736.5 737.8 729.6 11.1 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

504.8 474.3 489.7 510.2 5.4 1.1

Other services

198.3 193.5 195.0 196.7 -1.6 -0.8

Government

557.3 556.0 561.9 565.3 8.0 1.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,606.8 3,687.3 3,706.2 3,716.2 109.4 3.0

Mining, logging, and construction

217.0 223.9 227.4 229.0 12.0 5.5

Manufacturing

272.5 276.9 276.1 278.3 5.8 2.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

765.6 774.7 780.4 783.0 17.4 2.3

Information

83.7 83.8 84.2 84.4 0.7 0.8

Financial activities

295.3 297.0 298.4 298.9 3.6 1.2

Professional and business services

589.9 611.9 612.4 615.1 25.2 4.3

Education and health services

442.5 453.3 455.1 457.9 15.4 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

383.7 390.5 396.5 400.5 16.8 4.4

Other services

126.0 127.4 126.9 128.2 2.2 1.7

Government

430.6 447.9 448.8 440.9 10.3 2.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,038.8 3,098.8 3,110.2 3,133.4 94.6 3.1

Mining and logging

78.1 78.1 79.3 79.4 1.3 1.7

Construction

217.3 228.6 229.6 236.6 19.3 8.9

Manufacturing

220.7 227.6 227.6 227.4 6.7 3.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

615.5 626.7 627.7 629.8 14.3 2.3

Information

32.6 31.2 31.3 31.3 -1.3 -4.0

Financial activities

159.5 161.8 162.9 163.9 4.4 2.8

Professional and business services

482.5 505.7 510.3 523.7 41.2 8.5

Education and health services

385.5 388.2 387.2 387.5 2.0 0.5

Leisure and hospitality

326.2 324.4 327.3 332.8 6.6 2.0

Other services

112.5 112.0 111.8 111.5 -1.0 -0.9

Government

408.4 414.5 415.2 409.5 1.1 0.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,049.2 6,115.0 6,125.8 6,132.6 83.4 1.4

Mining and logging

3.0 2.9 2.9 2.9 -0.1 -3.3

Construction

241.2 247.8 247.5 248.5 7.3 3.0

Manufacturing

510.0 507.6 507.1 506.5 -3.5 -0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,093.8 1,085.1 1,086.1 1,088.1 -5.7 -0.5

Information

234.7 245.5 238.0 235.6 0.9 0.4

Financial activities

340.6 340.9 339.3 340.2 -0.4 -0.1

Professional and business services

907.3 926.1 931.5 936.7 29.4 3.2

Education and health services

998.2 1,036.0 1,035.8 1,030.7 32.5 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

752.1 763.4 773.7 776.7 24.6 3.3

Other services

206.3 201.6 203.1 205.2 -1.1 -0.5

Government

762.0 758.1 760.8 761.5 -0.5 -0.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,613.8 2,666.6 2,669.3 2,647.9 34.1 1.3

Mining and logging

0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.1 14.3

Construction

129.9 140.0 142.4 143.2 13.3 10.2

Manufacturing

89.6 96.3 97.9 97.7 8.1 9.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

595.9 596.6 599.5 601.1 5.2 0.9

Information

51.4 50.4 50.6 50.4 -1.0 -1.9

Financial activities

179.4 179.2 180.5 182.0 2.6 1.4

Professional and business services

434.8 437.6 435.7 438.3 3.5 0.8

Education and health services

391.1 394.1 393.1 391.0 -0.1 0.0

Leisure and hospitality

325.4 332.6 329.3 325.9 0.5 0.2

Other services

123.4 124.7 125.4 126.7 3.3 2.7

Government

292.2 314.3 314.1 290.8 -1.4 -0.5

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

Total nonfarm

9,789.8 9,723.5 9,833.1 9,907.2 117.4 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

405.5 395.3 405.6 416.2 10.7 2.6

Manufacturing

367.7 361.9 363.9 367.2 -0.5 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,753.7 1,740.4 1,758.6 1,769.3 15.6 0.9

Information

289.4 281.6 283.0 290.1 0.7 0.2

Financial activities

785.4 772.8 773.6 788.4 3.0 0.4

Professional and business services

1,566.9 1,546.8 1,567.9 1,585.4 18.5 1.2

Education and health services

1,911.8 1,987.3 1,994.0 1,958.7 46.9 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

968.6 900.2 947.0 992.7 24.1 2.5

Other services

430.3 423.5 427.4 430.7 0.4 0.1

Government

1,310.5 1,313.7 1,312.1 1,308.5 -2.0 -0.2

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

Total nonfarm

2,923.2 2,948.2 2,962.3 2,972.2 49.0 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

120.0 115.0 118.5 120.1 0.1 0.1

Manufacturing

181.5 180.3 182.0 182.6 1.1 0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

522.1 525.5 528.0 530.8 8.7 1.7

Information

46.6 44.8 44.7 44.8 -1.8 -3.9

Financial activities

216.5 215.2 216.6 218.3 1.8 0.8

Professional and business services

471.1 474.0 480.2 483.1 12.0 2.5

Education and health services

628.2 661.3 654.5 646.9 18.7 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

279.1 267.2 274.1 284.1 5.0 1.8

Other services

123.1 120.4 121.5 122.8 -0.3 -0.2

Government

335.0 344.5 342.2 338.7 3.7 1.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

1,999.2 2,094.1 2,087.7 2,060.6 61.4 3.1

Mining and logging

3.3 3.2 3.2 3.2 -0.1 -3.0

Construction

114.5 121.5 123.8 127.6 13.1 11.4

Manufacturing

123.3 127.9 129.4 130.9 7.6 6.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

390.3 397.5 397.8 397.6 7.3 1.9

Information

36.4 36.4 37.1 37.3 0.9 2.5

Financial activities

185.8 189.3 188.8 189.3 3.5 1.9

Professional and business services

340.9 350.8 348.5 351.0 10.1 3.0

Education and health services

301.5 319.9 319.1 314.5 13.0 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

220.3 234.9 232.8 226.9 6.6 3.0

Other services

66.0 65.8 66.6 66.1 0.1 0.2

Government

216.9 246.9 240.6 216.2 -0.7 -0.3

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,404.9 2,427.3 2,435.8 2,439.7 34.8 1.4

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

118.3 120.8 122.1 123.9 5.6 4.7

Manufacturing

140.0 142.3 142.3 143.4 3.4 2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

380.7 381.8 382.2 383.3 2.6 0.7

Information

106.8 108.5 108.2 110.1 3.3 3.1

Financial activities

142.9 142.9 143.0 142.2 -0.7 -0.5

Professional and business services

480.0 488.9 491.0 492.1 12.1 2.5

Education and health services

347.5 356.2 356.6 355.5 8.0 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

278.6 274.5 277.7 279.6 1.0 0.4

Other services

88.2 84.4 84.7 84.5 -3.7 -4.2

Government

321.4 326.5 327.5 324.6 3.2 1.0

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

Total nonfarm

3,300.3 3,303.0 3,325.5 3,351.8 51.5 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

162.9 161.3 162.0 167.3 4.4 2.7

Manufacturing

55.1 55.0 55.6 56.2 1.1 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

408.4 407.0 412.3 413.5 5.1 1.2

Information

74.4 74.7 75.0 75.6 1.2 1.6

Financial activities

159.0 159.1 159.2 161.6 2.6 1.6

Professional and business services

754.8 752.2 759.9 769.9 15.1 2.0

Education and health services

427.4 448.2 445.5 442.9 15.5 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

342.1 331.6 339.3 348.7 6.6 1.9

Other services

209.7 208.7 210.8 212.3 2.6 1.2

Government

706.5 705.2 705.9 703.8 -2.7 -0.4

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 01, 2018