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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

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Miami Area Employment – March 2019

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 2,735,700 in March 2019, up 55,500, or 2.1 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national job count increased 1.7 percent. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Miami area has had over-the-year employment gains each month since August 2010, with one exception. (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 45 percent of the area’s employment, added 27,100 jobs from March a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Division, which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, gained 12,500 jobs, while the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach Division added 15,900 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Miami’s professional and business services had the largest over-the-year increase in the local area in March 2019, adding 19,600 jobs, a 4.4-percent rate of job growth. While all three divisions gained jobs, West Palm Beach (+6,400) had the fastest rate of job growth at 5.6 percent. Nationally, employment in professional and business services was up 2.6 percent over the year. (See chart 2.)

In the Miami area, education and health services added 11,900 jobs, a 3.0-percent gain over the 12-month period. All three metropolitan divisions gained jobs in this sector from March 2018 to March 2019. Nationally, the rate of job growth in education and health services was 2.3 percent

Two other supersectors gained at least 5,500 jobs over the year in the local area. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 7,500 jobs, a 1.2-percent increase. Construction employment in Miami increased by 5,500 jobs, a 4.1-percent increase. Nationally, employment in trade, transportation, and utilities was up 0.7 percent, and employment in construction was up 3.4 percent since March 2018.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in March 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 increase of 1.7 percent. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.0 percent, followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (+2.8 percent). Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (+0.5 percent) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (+0.8 percent) had the slowest rates of job growth. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 123,300, followed by Dallas (+110,700). Boston had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 12,800 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining nine metropolitan areas ranged from 67,800 in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land to 29,500 in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in six areas: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Boston, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and Phoenix. Professional business services added the most jobs in five areas: Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington. The information sector recorded the largest employment loss in six areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Miami. Phoenix was the only area to experience annual employment gains in all reporting supersectors since March 2018.

Metropolitan area employment data for April 2019 are scheduled to be released on Friday, May 17, 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 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 April 10, 2018. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach in Florida.

  • The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division includes Broward County in Florida.
  • The Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division includes Miami-Dade County in Florida
  • The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL 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 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 Miami metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry Mar
2018
Jan
2019
Feb
2019
Mar
2019(p)
Mar 2018 to Mar 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

147,368 148,295 149,143 149,867 2,499 1.7

Mining and logging

704 745 744 746 42 6.0

Construction

6,933 7,071 7,066 7,172 239 3.4

Manufacturing

12,558 12,741 12,762 12,768 210 1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,283 27,711 27,462 27,485 202 0.7

Information

2,814 2,769 2,799 2,810 -4 -0.1

Financial activities

8,491 8,561 8,571 8,590 99 1.2

Professional and business services

20,566 20,841 20,994 21,092 526 2.6

Education and health services

23,656 23,802 24,125 24,206 550 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

15,818 15,880 16,001 16,249 431 2.7

Other services

5,778 5,811 5,836 5,871 93 1.6

Government

22,767 22,363 22,783 22,878 111 0.5

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

Total nonfarm

2,680.2 2,705.9 2,729.1 2,735.7 55.5 2.1

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

134.6 136.8 139.1 140.1 5.5 4.1

Manufacturing

89.1 89.7 89.7 90.1 1.0 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.6 615.8 612.5 611.1 7.5 1.2

Information

51.6 50.9 51.3 51.0 -0.6 -1.2

Financial activities

182.6 183.6 185.3 185.8 3.2 1.8

Professional and business services

441.5 454.6 460.5 461.1 19.6 4.4

Education and health services

399.9 403.8 411.1 411.8 11.9 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

336.4 330.8 336.1 338.8 2.4 0.7

Other services

123.7 123.6 125.7 126.1 2.4 1.9

Government

316.5 315.6 317.1 319.1 2.6 0.8

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,195.4 1,210.2 1,219.7 1,222.5 27.1 2.3

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

50.6 52.8 53.3 54.3 3.7 7.3

Manufacturing

41.0 40.7 40.3 40.7 -0.3 -0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

296.6 303.3 301.1 301.1 4.5 1.5

Information

20.0 20.1 20.2 20.1 0.1 0.5

Financial activities

81.3 79.6 80.6 80.4 -0.9 -1.1

Professional and business services

176.7 182.4 185.3 185.4 8.7 4.9

Education and health services

187.4 190.8 193.0 192.0 4.6 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

145.6 143.7 146.5 148.9 3.3 2.3

Other services

51.8 52.6 54.2 53.5 1.7 3.3

Government

143.9 143.7 144.7 145.6 1.7 1.2

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

Total nonfarm

850.2 855.6 863.9 862.7 12.5 1.5

Construction

47.5 46.1 47.8 47.6 0.1 0.2

Manufacturing

27.8 28.1 28.2 28.2 0.4 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

189.8 193.3 192.5 191.2 1.4 0.7

Information

20.0 20.2 20.3 20.1 0.1 0.5

Financial activities

60.1 61.9 62.2 62.4 2.3 3.8

Professional and business services

151.1 156.0 158.0 155.6 4.5 3.0

Education and health services

111.1 112.3 114.8 115.3 4.2 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

97.7 93.1 94.7 95.7 -2.0 -2.0

Other services

38.1 38.5 39.4 40.0 1.9 5.0

Government

106.9 106.0 105.9 106.5 -0.4 -0.4

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

Total nonfarm

634.6 640.1 645.5 650.5 15.9 2.5

Construction

36.5 37.9 38.0 38.2 1.7 4.7

Manufacturing

20.3 20.9 21.2 21.2 0.9 4.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

117.2 119.2 118.9 118.8 1.6 1.4

Information

11.6 10.6 10.8 10.8 -0.8 -6.9

Financial activities

41.2 42.1 42.5 43.0 1.8 4.4

Professional and business services

113.7 116.2 117.2 120.1 6.4 5.6

Education and health services

101.4 100.7 103.3 104.5 3.1 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

93.1 94.0 94.9 94.2 1.1 1.2

Other services

33.8 32.5 32.1 32.6 -1.2 -3.6

Government

65.7 65.9 66.5 67.0 1.3 2.0

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 Mar
2018
Jan
2019
Feb
2019
Mar
2019(p)
Mar 2018 to Mar 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,759.3 2,788.1 2,807.3 2,819.6 60.3 2.2

Mining and logging

1.7 1.6 1.6 1.5 -0.2 -11.8

Construction

123.0 128.3 130.6 130.6 7.6 6.2

Manufacturing

172.2 171.3 173.5 172.7 0.5 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

595.6 608.1 606.6 609.1 13.5 2.3

Information

97.6 94.3 94.0 95.1 -2.5 -2.6

Financial activities

172.9 172.9 174.1 174.2 1.3 0.8

Professional and business services

517.1 521.6 530.0 527.7 10.6 2.0

Education and health services

350.1 359.0 362.4 364.9 14.8 4.2

Leisure and hospitality

293.5 298.8 299.3 307.2 13.7 4.7

Other services

98.7 94.9 96.4 97.7 -1.0 -1.0

Government

336.9 337.3 338.8 338.9 2.0 0.6

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,737.1 2,726.8 2,736.1 2,749.9 12.8 0.5

Mining, logging, and construction

109.2 110.4 109.6 111.9 2.7 2.5

Manufacturing

187.3 188.6 187.1 187.1 -0.2 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

418.5 424.9 418.6 418.7 0.2 0.0

Information

80.3 81.2 81.7 81.7 1.4 1.7

Financial activities

183.2 181.3 181.5 182.7 -0.5 -0.3

Professional and business services

488.4 491.3 492.4 495.1 6.7 1.4

Education and health services

585.7 580.0 590.5 594.6 8.9 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

266.5 254.2 253.1 255.8 -10.7 -4.0

Other services

102.3 102.1 102.3 102.7 0.4 0.4

Government

315.7 312.8 319.3 319.6 3.9 1.2

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,678.3 4,693.2 4,700.0 4,718.2 39.9 0.9

Mining and logging

1.5 1.4 1.4 1.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

166.6 161.4 161.9 165.9 -0.7 -0.4

Manufacturing

418.2 423.7 425.4 426.5 8.3 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

938.1 956.6 946.0 945.8 7.7 0.8

Information

77.1 75.0 74.5 74.0 -3.1 -4.0

Financial activities

307.0 311.7 311.6 311.3 4.3 1.4

Professional and business services

817.6 819.9 825.2 818.7 1.1 0.1

Education and health services

735.2 738.0 749.1 748.5 13.3 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

470.1 470.8 463.8 476.8 6.7 1.4

Other services

197.8 196.3 195.2 197.6 -0.2 -0.1

Government

549.1 538.4 545.9 551.6 2.5 0.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,639.5 3,705.6 3,727.0 3,750.2 110.7 3.0

Mining, logging, and construction

215.6 220.8 221.6 222.2 6.6 3.1

Manufacturing

275.1 281.4 281.1 282.7 7.6 2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

768.5 794.3 790.0 792.3 23.8 3.1

Information

83.6 81.4 81.7 82.6 -1.0 -1.2

Financial activities

299.5 305.0 307.4 307.4 7.9 2.6

Professional and business services

604.6 617.9 626.4 632.0 27.4 4.5

Education and health services

448.2 458.0 457.1 454.6 6.4 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

378.7 385.3 390.5 399.7 21.0 5.5

Other services

121.3 122.5 123.8 127.5 6.2 5.1

Government

444.4 439.0 447.4 449.2 4.8 1.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,064.2 3,093.4 3,117.7 3,132.0 67.8 2.2

Mining and logging

78.4 80.8 82.2 82.4 4.0 5.1

Construction

218.9 217.8 221.7 221.1 2.2 1.0

Manufacturing

224.8 235.6 240.8 241.2 16.4 7.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

618.1 627.6 621.2 621.2 3.1 0.5

Information

31.7 31.1 30.9 30.9 -0.8 -2.5

Financial activities

162.7 164.3 164.6 164.5 1.8 1.1

Professional and business services

489.5 495.8 502.9 505.0 15.5 3.2

Education and health services

390.6 396.5 400.6 401.1 10.5 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

322.1 317.3 316.2 325.0 2.9 0.9

Other services

110.0 113.2 115.6 117.1 7.1 6.5

Government

417.4 413.4 421.0 422.5 5.1 1.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,140.8 6,129.9 6,174.2 6,192.7 51.9 0.8

Mining and logging

2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 0.1 4.2

Construction

246.7 245.5 245.7 249.8 3.1 1.3

Manufacturing

504.9 501.2 500.6 503.7 -1.2 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,102.6 1,114.0 1,109.1 1,105.6 3.0 0.3

Information

252.3 238.0 239.7 242.3 -10.0 -4.0

Financial activities

341.4 336.4 335.7 334.3 -7.1 -2.1

Professional and business services

924.9 930.7 946.6 947.8 22.9 2.5

Education and health services

1,047.8 1,057.7 1,067.4 1,069.2 21.4 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

747.9 742.8 754.0 757.2 9.3 1.2

Other services

208.4 209.2 211.8 213.7 5.3 2.5

Government

761.5 752.0 761.1 766.6 5.1 0.7

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,680.2 2,705.9 2,729.1 2,735.7 55.5 2.1

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

134.6 136.8 139.1 140.1 5.5 4.1

Manufacturing

89.1 89.7 89.7 90.1 1.0 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.6 615.8 612.5 611.1 7.5 1.2

Information

51.6 50.9 51.3 51.0 -0.6 -1.2

Financial activities

182.6 183.6 185.3 185.8 3.2 1.8

Professional and business services

441.5 454.6 460.5 461.1 19.6 4.4

Education and health services

399.9 403.8 411.1 411.8 11.9 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

336.4 330.8 336.1 338.8 2.4 0.7

Other services

123.7 123.6 125.7 126.1 2.4 1.9

Government

316.5 315.6 317.1 319.1 2.6 0.8

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

Total nonfarm

9,722.6 9,722.7 9,789.1 9,845.9 123.3 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

392.9 400.0 400.1 408.8 15.9 4.0

Manufacturing

360.8 359.3 361.7 363.4 2.6 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,719.6 1,743.4 1,722.8 1,721.9 2.3 0.1

Information

292.4 284.3 291.8 293.4 1.0 0.3

Financial activities

773.4 770.6 769.1 769.9 -3.5 -0.5

Professional and business services

1,541.2 1,532.3 1,546.5 1,557.2 16.0 1.0

Education and health services

1,993.2 2,013.8 2,046.3 2,062.2 69.0 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

900.3 888.8 891.1 904.3 4.0 0.4

Other services

419.5 427.2 428.0 427.0 7.5 1.8

Government

1,329.3 1,303.0 1,331.7 1,337.8 8.5 0.6

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

Total nonfarm

2,909.7 2,915.1 2,930.7 2,948.1 38.4 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

112.9 117.7 116.9 118.5 5.6 5.0

Manufacturing

180.0 182.0 181.8 181.3 1.3 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

515.8 521.2 514.7 515.4 -0.4 -0.1

Information

48.0 47.6 48.0 47.8 -0.2 -0.4

Financial activities

215.2 214.9 215.4 215.3 0.1 0.0

Professional and business services

462.0 456.6 458.8 465.2 3.2 0.7

Education and health services

655.3 658.5 671.7 672.9 17.6 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

260.9 260.9 260.6 266.1 5.2 2.0

Other services

119.3 120.5 120.3 121.5 2.2 1.8

Government

340.3 335.2 342.5 344.1 3.8 1.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,101.2 2,135.1 2,155.4 2,159.7 58.5 2.8

Mining and logging

3.5 3.7 3.7 3.7 0.2 5.7

Construction

121.1 130.3 132.0 134.9 13.8 11.4

Manufacturing

126.6 130.8 131.2 131.0 4.4 3.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

397.1 409.3 407.7 407.2 10.1 2.5

Information

38.7 38.8 39.8 39.0 0.3 0.8

Financial activities

191.4 192.1 192.8 192.6 1.2 0.6

Professional and business services

350.0 358.2 359.0 361.6 11.6 3.3

Education and health services

323.1 333.3 337.4 337.0 13.9 4.3

Leisure and hospitality

235.0 230.4 234.9 236.2 1.2 0.5

Other services

68.4 70.0 70.4 69.9 1.5 2.2

Government

246.3 238.2 246.5 246.6 0.3 0.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,416.9 2,447.9 2,465.9 2,478.9 62.0 2.6

Mining and logging

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

121.6 124.1 126.7 129.2 7.6 6.3

Manufacturing

143.2 142.1 142.3 143.2 0.0 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

374.5 380.5 378.8 377.4 2.9 0.8

Information

112.7 118.1 118.6 119.6 6.9 6.1

Financial activities

140.0 141.2 142.3 142.9 2.9 2.1

Professional and business services

485.0 501.0 504.3 506.7 21.7 4.5

Education and health services

356.6 359.8 365.6 366.7 10.1 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

270.4 271.7 274.6 278.1 7.7 2.8

Other services

87.2 88.0 87.4 87.3 0.1 0.1

Government

325.4 321.1 325.0 327.5 2.1 0.6

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

Total nonfarm

3,278.8 3,275.9 3,289.8 3,308.3 29.5 0.9

Mining, logging, and construction

157.3 156.6 156.4 156.5 -0.8 -0.5

Manufacturing

54.7 53.9 54.2 55.0 0.3 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

401.5 402.9 396.2 397.3 -4.2 -1.0

Information

74.1 73.9 73.9 74.0 -0.1 -0.1

Financial activities

158.0 154.9 153.2 154.5 -3.5 -2.2

Professional and business services

753.4 762.1 763.8 768.5 15.1 2.0

Education and health services

442.6 443.1 446.7 448.8 6.2 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

323.8 327.4 330.8 337.8 14.0 4.3

Other services

207.2 206.7 207.3 207.9 0.7 0.3

Government

706.2 694.4 707.3 708.0 1.8 0.3

Footnotes
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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019