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Monday, December 04, 2017

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Miami Area Employment – October 2017

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 2,668,200 in October 2017, up 62,000, or 2.4 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Nationally, employment increased 1.4 percent from October 2016 to October 2017. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Miami metropolitan area has had over-the-year employment increases each month since August 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.)

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 27,900 jobs from October a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Division, which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, added 25,200 jobs. The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach Division, with 23 percent of the area’s workforce, added 8,900 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Education and health services had the largest over-the-year increase in the local area in October 2017, adding 18,000 jobs. All three metropolitan divisions gained jobs from October 2016, with the largest increase in the Fort Lauderdale metropolitan division (+9,800). The supersector’s local rate of job growth, at 4.7 percent, was more than double the 2.0-percent gain nationally. (See chart 2.)

Trade, transportation, and utilities had the second largest over-the-year increase in jobs locally from October 2016 to October 2017, growing by 8,600 or 1.5 percent. Both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale metropolitan divisions added jobs over the year. Nationwide, employment in this supersector was up 0.4 percent.

Three other supersectors gained at least 7,500 jobs over the year in the local area—professional and business services (+7,700), other services (+7,600), and construction (+7,500). The local rates of job growth for the other services and the construction industry sectors were faster than their respective national rates.

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 October 2017. 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 1.4 percent. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington had the fastest rate of job growth, up 2.7 percent, followed by Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell and Miami, up 2.4 percent each. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, 0.5 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

The Dallas area added the largest number of jobs over the year, 94,400, followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City, up 91,300. Chicago had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 21,700 jobs. Annual jobs gains in the remaining nine metropolitan areas ranged from 65,800 in Atlanta to 27,700 in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in seven areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Miami, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, and San Francisco. Professional and business services gained the most jobs in four areas: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Metropolitan area employment data for November 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, December 22, 2017.


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 2012 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 sample of establishments is very small or highly variable. In these cases, a model-based approach is used in estimation. These models use the direct sample estimates (described above), combined with forecasts of historical (benchmarked) data to decrease volatility in estimation. Two different models (Fay-Herriot Model and Small Domain Model) are used depending on the industry level being estimated. For more detailed information about each model, refer to the BLS Handbook of Methods.

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/sae/benchmark2017.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 online at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

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

  • The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla. Metropolitan Division includes Broward County in Florida.
  • The Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. Metropolitan Division includes Miami-Dade County in Florida
  • The West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray, Fla. 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 CES program are also available in the above mentioned news releases and from the BLS website 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
 
Oct
2016
Aug
2017
Sept
2017
Oct
2017(p)
Oct 2016 to Oct 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

145,969 146,587 146,964 148,006 2,037 1.4

Mining and logging

671 729 727 726 55 8.2

Construction

6,950 7,174 7,124 7,130 180 2.6

Manufacturing

12,349 12,544 12,495 12,499 150 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,370 27,351 27,307 27,487 117 0.4

Information

2,777 2,733 2,708 2,719 -58 -2.1

Financial activities

8,337 8,534 8,482 8,486 149 1.8

Professional and business services

20,516 20,932 20,876 21,056 540 2.6

Education and health services

22,987 22,857 23,138 23,456 469 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

15,647 16,654 16,053 15,927 280 1.8

Other services

5,708 5,805 5,759 5,786 78 1.4

Government

22,657 21,274 22,295 22,734 77 0.3

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,606.2 2,636.3 2,614.7 2,668.2 62.0 2.4

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

125.9 132.2 128.8 133.4 7.5 6.0

Manufacturing

87.9 87.9 88.0 90.1 2.2 2.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

591.9 597.8 593.2 600.5 8.6 1.5

Information

49.0 49.1 48.8 49.5 0.5 1.0

Financial activities

175.5 175.6 176.0 175.2 -0.3 -0.2

Professional and business services

431.5 431.6 427.1 439.2 7.7 1.8

Education and health services

385.5 392.6 395.8 403.5 18.0 4.7

Leisure and hospitality

319.8 327.6 312.6 323.7 3.9 1.2

Other services

125.7 131.1 128.0 133.3 7.6 6.0

Government

312.8 310.1 315.7 319.1 6.3 2.0

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

1,168.0 1,175.1 1,167.8 1,195.9 27.9 2.4

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

45.8 44.8 43.0 45.9 0.1 0.2

Manufacturing

40.8 40.5 40.5 42.2 1.4 3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

292.1 297.2 294.5 299.6 7.5 2.6

Information

19.1 19.2 19.0 19.2 0.1 0.5

Financial activities

78.4 79.4 79.0 78.3 -0.1 -0.1

Professional and business services

170.1 167.4 164.7 172.1 2.0 1.2

Education and health services

181.9 180.8 185.3 188.6 6.7 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

141.2 146.3 140.8 144.7 3.5 2.5

Other services

54.4 56.7 56.0 58.8 4.4 8.1

Government

143.7 142.3 144.5 146.0 2.3 1.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

825.8 844.0 835.5 851.0 25.2 3.1

Construction

44.4 49.1 47.9 48.6 4.2 9.5

Manufacturing

27.7 28.3 28.3 28.5 0.8 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

184.6 187.0 186.0 186.9 2.3 1.2

Information

19.1 19.1 19.0 19.3 0.2 1.0

Financial activities

57.4 57.7 57.8 57.8 0.4 0.7

Professional and business services

149.8 150.8 149.0 153.3 3.5 2.3

Education and health services

105.8 111.5 111.1 115.6 9.8 9.3

Leisure and hospitality

93.0 95.7 90.9 93.6 0.6 0.6

Other services

38.8 40.3 39.1 40.2 1.4 3.6

Government

105.1 104.4 106.3 107.1 2.0 1.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

612.4 617.2 611.4 621.3 8.9 1.5

Construction

35.7 38.3 37.9 38.9 3.2 9.0

Manufacturing

19.4 19.1 19.2 19.4 0.0 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

115.2 113.6 112.7 114.0 -1.2 -1.0

Information

10.8 10.8 10.8 11.0 0.2 1.9

Financial activities

39.7 38.5 39.2 39.1 -0.6 -1.5

Professional and business services

111.6 113.4 113.4 113.8 2.2 2.0

Education and health services

97.8 100.3 99.4 99.3 1.5 1.5

Leisure and hospitality

85.6 85.6 80.9 85.4 -0.2 -0.2

Other services

32.5 34.1 32.9 34.3 1.8 5.5

Government

64.0 63.4 64.9 66.0 2.0 3.1

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
 
Oct
2016
Aug
2017
Sept
2017
Oct
2017(p)
Oct 2016 to Oct 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,708.2 2,757.9 2,754.3 2,774.0 65.8 2.4

Mining and logging

1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.0 0.0

Construction

120.7 121.0 120.5 123.3 2.6 2.2

Manufacturing

162.5 162.7 161.0 161.5 -1.0 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

594.7 598.4 596.5 600.2 5.5 0.9

Information

95.4 99.3 99.2 98.5 3.1 3.2

Financial activities

168.6 173.3 172.9 173.2 4.6 2.7

Professional and business services

503.5 525.8 525.4 528.1 24.6 4.9

Education and health services

341.2 343.7 346.4 351.2 10.0 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

288.2 301.4 296.0 295.5 7.3 2.5

Other services

99.0 101.2 100.0 100.9 1.9 1.9

Government

332.6 329.3 334.6 339.8 7.2 2.2

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,735.1 2,776.9 2,775.0 2,797.4 62.3 2.3

Mining, logging, and construction

111.9 117.0 116.0 117.1 5.2 4.6

Manufacturing

186.8 188.1 186.8 186.8 0.0 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

423.4 426.7 425.7 427.8 4.4 1.0

Information

77.8 79.1 78.5 78.1 0.3 0.4

Financial activities

186.7 193.8 190.7 191.3 4.6 2.5

Professional and business services

476.4 491.0 486.3 491.3 14.9 3.1

Education and health services

580.1 586.0 590.6 598.4 18.3 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

271.0 291.3 275.3 273.9 2.9 1.1

Other services

101.0 111.5 107.5 110.0 9.0 8.9

Government

320.0 292.4 317.6 322.7 2.7 0.8

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,710.1 4,711.5 4,705.1 4,731.8 21.7 0.5

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

183.0 183.8 182.6 182.0 -1.0 -0.5

Manufacturing

413.7 412.3 412.1 412.7 -1.0 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

946.2 944.0 935.0 943.1 -3.1 -0.3

Information

80.5 83.3 81.7 82.4 1.9 2.4

Financial activities

298.4 311.5 309.8 310.5 12.1 4.1

Professional and business services

839.5 840.9 838.6 843.4 3.9 0.5

Education and health services

723.5 712.0 718.7 732.0 8.5 1.2

Leisure and hospitality

472.0 491.9 474.7 468.2 -3.8 -0.8

Other services

192.6 197.5 196.4 196.6 4.0 2.1

Government

559.1 532.7 553.9 559.3 0.2 0.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,555.7 3,608.4 3,625.3 3,650.1 94.4 2.7

Mining, logging, and construction

209.3 210.3 213.0 212.1 2.8 1.3

Manufacturing

265.3 272.7 272.9 274.2 8.9 3.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

759.4 767.4 767.1 769.9 10.5 1.4

Information

82.0 81.1 80.8 80.5 -1.5 -1.8

Financial activities

286.0 293.2 296.0 293.1 7.1 2.5

Professional and business services

588.0 609.9 615.1 618.2 30.2 5.1

Education and health services

437.6 440.5 441.1 443.2 5.6 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

370.3 390.1 380.3 387.9 17.6 4.8

Other services

123.1 127.6 127.6 129.7 6.6 5.4

Government

434.7 415.6 431.4 441.3 6.6 1.5

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,013.5 3,029.6 3,018.4 3,061.6 48.1 1.6

Mining and logging

84.8 86.8 86.7 87.3 2.5 2.9

Construction

221.2 209.5 207.7 213.3 -7.9 -3.6

Manufacturing

219.3 232.7 232.1 229.3 10.0 4.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

609.6 603.1 598.6 607.6 -2.0 -0.3

Information

32.4 32.0 31.7 31.1 -1.3 -4.0

Financial activities

157.1 158.4 158.9 159.6 2.5 1.6

Professional and business services

472.7 484.7 479.8 485.9 13.2 2.8

Education and health services

385.8 395.2 393.0 398.7 12.9 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

310.9 327.1 310.6 319.8 8.9 2.9

Other services

108.1 110.7 109.1 108.7 0.6 0.6

Government

411.6 389.4 410.2 420.3 8.7 2.1

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

6,040.3 5,982.7 6,043.1 6,089.2 48.9 0.8

Mining and logging

4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0 0.0

Construction

234.9 250.0 248.2 247.1 12.2 5.2

Manufacturing

514.6 508.3 506.2 505.2 -9.4 -1.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,095.1 1,084.6 1,089.9 1,097.7 2.6 0.2

Information

261.1 256.0 257.0 257.6 -3.5 -1.3

Financial activities

339.9 340.8 340.3 343.0 3.1 0.9

Professional and business services

914.8 915.4 922.7 923.4 8.6 0.9

Education and health services

988.0 979.4 1,004.3 1,015.7 27.7 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

732.8 740.6 739.4 743.5 10.7 1.5

Other services

206.4 212.0 215.0 214.7 8.3 4.0

Government

748.7 691.6 716.1 737.3 -11.4 -1.5

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,606.2 2,636.3 2,614.7 2,668.2 62.0 2.4

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

125.9 132.2 128.8 133.4 7.5 6.0

Manufacturing

87.9 87.9 88.0 90.1 2.2 2.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

591.9 597.8 593.2 600.5 8.6 1.5

Information

49.0 49.1 48.8 49.5 0.5 1.0

Financial activities

175.5 175.6 176.0 175.2 -0.3 -0.2

Professional and business services

431.5 431.6 427.1 439.2 7.7 1.8

Education and health services

385.5 392.6 395.8 403.5 18.0 4.7

Leisure and hospitality

319.8 327.6 312.6 323.7 3.9 1.2

Other services

125.7 131.1 128.0 133.3 7.6 6.0

Government

312.8 310.1 315.7 319.1 6.3 2.0

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,628.1 9,666.3 9,631.7 9,719.4 91.3 0.9

Mining, logging, and construction

392.9 402.8 400.5 400.9 8.0 2.0

Manufacturing

365.9 367.0 367.3 367.7 1.8 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,739.3 1,710.9 1,716.5 1,728.9 -10.4 -0.6

Information

291.8 286.4 285.6 285.1 -6.7 -2.3

Financial activities

766.3 790.5 779.0 783.0 16.7 2.2

Professional and business services

1,548.5 1,567.0 1,552.4 1,557.4 8.9 0.6

Education and health services

1,897.9 1,876.1 1,897.9 1,944.5 46.6 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

896.1 979.9 931.5 913.9 17.8 2.0

Other services

415.9 426.1 423.7 423.6 7.7 1.9

Government

1,313.5 1,259.6 1,277.3 1,314.4 0.9 0.1

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,912.5 2,907.4 2,926.3 2,951.3 38.8 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

116.4 120.4 119.4 118.8 2.4 2.1

Manufacturing

178.0 179.1 178.6 178.9 0.9 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

528.3 523.7 523.9 525.8 -2.5 -0.5

Information

46.2 46.2 46.0 45.9 -0.3 -0.6

Financial activities

212.6 217.7 217.3 216.7 4.1 1.9

Professional and business services

463.7 479.7 474.4 478.1 14.4 3.1

Education and health services

639.2 624.1 638.3 654.7 15.5 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

265.1 283.5 275.2 272.8 7.7 2.9

Other services

120.0 119.5 117.7 117.8 -2.2 -1.8

Government

343.0 313.5 335.5 341.8 -1.2 -0.3

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

2,008.5 1,999.7 2,025.8 2,043.1 34.6 1.7

Mining and logging

3.3 3.2 3.2 3.2 -0.1 -3.0

Construction

107.3 109.8 111.2 111.2 3.9 3.6

Manufacturing

120.0 124.3 123.7 124.2 4.2 3.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

391.4 386.6 388.1 392.8 1.4 0.4

Information

36.3 33.7 33.6 33.9 -2.4 -6.6

Financial activities

178.7 181.2 181.8 182.4 3.7 2.1

Professional and business services

344.8 343.1 346.7 352.5 7.7 2.2

Education and health services

297.3 300.5 305.7 307.4 10.1 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

218.7 223.3 223.7 226.9 8.2 3.7

Other services

63.7 61.2 61.6 61.0 -2.7 -4.2

Government

247.0 232.8 246.5 247.6 0.6 0.2

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,380.0 2,391.1 2,392.6 2,407.7 27.7 1.2

Mining and logging

1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0

Construction

115.8 123.1 123.9 123.9 8.1 7.0

Manufacturing

132.8 133.9 133.9 134.2 1.4 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

379.6 380.3 378.5 379.6 0.0 0.0

Information

102.0 102.9 102.8 103.5 1.5 1.5

Financial activities

144.2 147.2 145.7 146.5 2.3 1.6

Professional and business services

479.2 473.0 471.2 473.4 -5.8 -1.2

Education and health services

343.9 345.0 350.0 357.0 13.1 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

273.0 282.1 277.5 275.1 2.1 0.8

Other services

86.1 88.9 89.5 89.3 3.2 3.7

Government

322.4 313.7 318.6 324.2 1.8 0.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,260.0 3,294.4 3,293.4 3,306.4 46.4 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

158.2 166.2 163.4 163.5 5.3 3.4

Manufacturing

54.6 54.6 54.3 54.3 -0.3 -0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

407.5 411.8 409.6 412.4 4.9 1.2

Information

73.0 71.4 71.5 70.9 -2.1 -2.9

Financial activities

157.7 159.1 158.5 159.1 1.4 0.9

Professional and business services

746.9 762.8 756.7 760.2 13.3 1.8

Education and health services

442.8 444.7 446.6 454.0 11.2 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

323.3 346.1 336.0 332.1 8.8 2.7

Other services

194.7 199.2 197.6 198.3 3.6 1.8

Government

701.3 678.5 699.2 701.6 0.3 0.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, December 04, 2017