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19-1807-ATL
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Miami Area Employment – September 2019

Local Rate of Employment Growth Above the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,729,400 in September 2019, up 54,400, or 2.0 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national job count increased 1.4 percent. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Miami area has had over-the-year employment gains exceeding 50,000 each month since January 2019. (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 29,100 jobs from September a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Division, which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, gained 12,600 jobs, while the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach Division added 12,700 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Two industry supersectors accounted for almost two-thirds of the jobs gained in the Miami area from September 2018—September 2019: education and health services; and professional and business services. Miami’s education and health services industry had the largest over-the-year increase in the local area in September 2019, adding 18,600 jobs, a 4.6-percent rate of job growth. All three metropolitan divisions gained jobs in this industry since September 2018, with the largest increase in the Miami metropolitan division (+11,100). Nationally, employment in education and health services was up 2.6 percent over the year. (See chart 2.)

The professional and business services sector in the Miami area added 17,200 jobs, a 3.9-percent gain over the 12-month period. All three metropolitan divisions gained jobs in this sector from September 2018 to September 2019. Nationally, the rate of job growth in professional and business services was up 2.1 percent

Among the remaining nine industry supersectors in Miami, two had employment gains over 4,500 from September 2018 to September 2019. Construction added 5,000 jobs in the local area, a 3.6-percent increase over the year. The leisure and hospitality sector in Miami added 4,600 jobs, a 1.4-percent increase over the 12-month period. Nationally, construction employment was up 2.1 percent, and employment in leisure and hospitality was up 2.0 percent since September 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 September 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 1.4 percent. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+3.2 percent), Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (+2.7 percent), and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (+2.6 percent). Chicago-Naperville-Elgin (+0.9 percent) had the slowest rate of job growth. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

Dallas added the largest number of jobs over the year, 117,300, followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City with 109,000 jobs. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington had the smallest employment gain over the year, 31,400, followed by Boston-Cambridge-Nashua with 36,900 jobs. Annual job gains in the remaining eight metropolitan areas ranged from 82,800 in Houston to 38,600 in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Over the year, professional and business services added the most jobs in five areas: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Education and health services also added the most jobs in five areas: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Miami, and New York.

The information sector lost the most jobs in four areas: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Miami. Trade, transportation, and utilities lost the most jobs in three areas: Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington.

Metropolitan area employment data for October 2019 are scheduled to be released on Tuesday, November 19, 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/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 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 Sept
2018
July
2019
Aug
2019
Sept
2019(p)
Sept 2018 to Sept 2019(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

149,793 151,169 151,587 151,949 2,156 1.4

Mining and logging

754 762 760 754 0 0.0

Construction

7,534 7,751 7,756 7,689 155 2.1

Manufacturing

12,772 12,925 12,935 12,884 112 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,578 27,801 27,752 27,680 102 0.4

Information

2,815 2,845 2,854 2,837 22 0.8

Financial activities

8,599 8,761 8,762 8,699 100 1.2

Professional and business services

21,193 21,604 21,673 21,639 446 2.1

Education and health services

23,696 23,950 24,065 24,322 626 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

16,546 17,463 17,380 16,872 326 2.0

Other services

5,846 6,021 5,993 5,936 90 1.5

Government

22,460 21,286 21,657 22,637 177 0.8

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

Total nonfarm

2,675.0 2,699.8 2,728.1 2,729.4 54.4 2.0

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

140.2 143.5 143.3 145.2 5.0 3.6

Manufacturing

90.3 91.8 91.8 90.5 0.2 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

604.7 606.4 607.0 606.3 1.6 0.3

Information

50.5 50.4 50.1 50.1 -0.4 -0.8

Financial activities

184.2 186.5 187.5 187.1 2.9 1.6

Professional and business services

444.9 461.3 461.7 462.1 17.2 3.9

Education and health services

401.0 413.6 417.3 419.6 18.6 4.6

Leisure and hospitality

321.3 328.2 327.9 325.9 4.6 1.4

Other services

122.9 126.4 126.6 126.1 3.2 2.6

Government

314.3 291.0 314.2 315.8 1.5 0.5

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,197.1 1,208.3 1,225.1 1,226.2 29.1 2.4

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

52.7 54.8 54.5 56.6 3.9 7.4

Manufacturing

42.0 42.4 42.1 41.4 -0.6 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

297.5 301.6 302.1 301.6 4.1 1.4

Information

19.8 20.0 20.0 19.8 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

80.7 80.4 80.4 79.4 -1.3 -1.6

Professional and business services

178.6 184.1 185.8 185.8 7.2 4.0

Education and health services

188.0 194.7 197.3 199.1 11.1 5.9

Leisure and hospitality

142.5 145.1 145.6 144.7 2.2 1.5

Other services

52.0 53.1 53.6 53.6 1.6 3.1

Government

142.8 131.6 143.2 143.7 0.9 0.6

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

Total nonfarm

853.0 859.8 864.8 865.6 12.6 1.5

Construction

49.2 49.0 48.9 49.0 -0.2 -0.4

Manufacturing

28.1 28.5 28.5 28.1 0.0 0.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

191.5 189.1 189.2 188.7 -2.8 -1.5

Information

20.0 20.1 20.0 20.1 0.1 0.5

Financial activities

61.8 62.8 63.4 63.9 2.1 3.4

Professional and business services

152.2 159.3 157.9 156.5 4.3 2.8

Education and health services

111.5 114.7 115.1 116.7 5.2 4.7

Leisure and hospitality

94.3 95.6 95.9 95.4 1.1 1.2

Other services

38.1 41.8 41.5 41.5 3.4 8.9

Government

106.2 98.8 104.3 105.6 -0.6 -0.6

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

Total nonfarm

624.9 631.7 638.2 637.6 12.7 2.0

Construction

38.3 39.7 39.9 39.6 1.3 3.4

Manufacturing

20.2 20.9 21.2 21.0 0.8 4.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

115.7 115.7 115.7 116.0 0.3 0.3

Information

10.7 10.3 10.1 10.2 -0.5 -4.7

Financial activities

41.7 43.3 43.7 43.8 2.1 5.0

Professional and business services

114.1 117.9 118.0 119.8 5.7 5.0

Education and health services

101.5 104.2 104.9 103.8 2.3 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

84.5 87.5 86.4 85.8 1.3 1.5

Other services

32.8 31.5 31.5 31.0 -1.8 -5.5

Government

65.3 60.6 66.7 66.5 1.2 1.8

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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,798.1 2,835.8 2,849.7 2,851.2 53.1 1.9

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

127.9 134.2 133.6 133.2 5.3 4.1

Manufacturing

172.4 175.2 175.3 176.0 3.6 2.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.0 606.1 604.3 607.0 4.0 0.7

Information

99.3 99.3 98.9 97.9 -1.4 -1.4

Financial activities

174.9 176.2 176.9 176.4 1.5 0.9

Professional and business services

525.5 538.8 538.9 539.4 13.9 2.6

Education and health services

357.1 360.4 365.7 369.4 12.3 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

298.6 318.5 317.0 310.2 11.6 3.9

Other services

101.1 99.3 99.2 98.3 -2.8 -2.8

Government

336.7 326.2 338.3 341.8 5.1 1.5

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,774.7 2,819.3 2,810.5 2,811.6 36.9 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

121.3 124.6 123.0 121.9 0.6 0.5

Manufacturing

188.4 189.0 188.8 187.2 -1.2 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

421.2 423.2 422.1 419.3 -1.9 -0.5

Information

80.1 83.7 85.3 83.4 3.3 4.1

Financial activities

183.9 187.7 187.9 185.2 1.3 0.7

Professional and business services

503.0 516.5 519.1 514.7 11.7 2.3

Education and health services

581.7 592.6 588.7 596.5 14.8 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

278.1 298.9 296.6 280.8 2.7 1.0

Other services

102.9 109.7 108.4 103.4 0.5 0.5

Government

314.1 293.4 290.6 319.2 5.1 1.6

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,773.8 4,848.5 4,832.4 4,817.8 44.0 0.9

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.7 0.1 6.3

Construction

189.2 192.3 191.2 188.5 -0.7 -0.4

Manufacturing

421.9 429.6 428.3 425.3 3.4 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

944.6 959.3 959.9 955.1 10.5 1.1

Information

77.0 74.2 74.0 73.6 -3.4 -4.4

Financial activities

311.9 318.5 316.9 313.4 1.5 0.5

Professional and business services

852.8 861.6 859.3 854.7 1.9 0.2

Education and health services

729.9 739.0 740.9 747.1 17.2 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

494.8 532.2 522.0 504.9 10.1 2.0

Other services

197.4 199.6 201.0 198.6 1.2 0.6

Government

552.7 540.6 537.3 554.9 2.2 0.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,697.9 3,804.5 3,811.2 3,815.2 117.3 3.2

Mining, logging, and construction

222.4 236.8 238.5 238.2 15.8 7.1

Manufacturing

280.0 288.2 287.8 288.2 8.2 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

785.1 800.4 800.2 797.1 12.0 1.5

Information

81.8 81.5 82.1 80.8 -1.0 -1.2

Financial activities

303.2 317.6 318.0 319.7 16.5 5.4

Professional and business services

624.6 653.6 655.1 650.6 26.0 4.2

Education and health services

453.3 462.8 466.0 466.3 13.0 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

386.9 408.3 407.6 404.7 17.8 4.6

Other services

124.9 130.8 129.7 127.8 2.9 2.3

Government

435.7 424.5 426.2 441.8 6.1 1.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,089.2 3,166.9 3,165.6 3,172.0 82.8 2.7

Mining and logging

80.0 86.9 87.7 87.4 7.4 9.3

Construction

223.9 228.1 227.1 231.8 7.9 3.5

Manufacturing

231.3 241.6 242.8 241.6 10.3 4.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

621.8 630.4 631.4 626.6 4.8 0.8

Information

31.3 30.5 29.9 29.7 -1.6 -5.1

Financial activities

164.5 168.0 168.8 167.8 3.3 2.0

Professional and business services

494.9 520.6 521.5 521.2 26.3 5.3

Education and health services

396.7 400.3 404.1 402.0 5.3 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

325.7 341.4 336.5 329.9 4.2 1.3

Other services

111.7 120.3 121.6 120.3 8.6 7.7

Government

407.4 398.8 394.2 413.7 6.3 1.5

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,155.6 6,174.7 6,201.2 6,227.6 72.0 1.2

Mining and logging

2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4 -0.1 -4.0

Construction

256.5 269.6 271.5 270.5 14.0 5.5

Manufacturing

503.3 505.4 505.5 504.0 0.7 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,109.2 1,108.4 1,108.4 1,109.8 0.6 0.1

Information

242.3 236.0 244.3 241.6 -0.7 -0.3

Financial activities

340.1 341.6 343.5 341.7 1.6 0.5

Professional and business services

943.2 951.8 960.3 961.4 18.2 1.9

Education and health services

1,051.2 1,057.3 1,070.1 1,084.2 33.0 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

759.1 784.6 784.4 777.8 18.7 2.5

Other services

210.9 213.7 212.8 212.4 1.5 0.7

Government

737.3 703.8 698.0 721.8 -15.5 -2.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,675.0 2,699.8 2,728.1 2,729.4 54.4 2.0

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

140.2 143.5 143.3 145.2 5.0 3.6

Manufacturing

90.3 91.8 91.8 90.5 0.2 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

604.7 606.4 607.0 606.3 1.6 0.3

Information

50.5 50.4 50.1 50.1 -0.4 -0.8

Financial activities

184.2 186.5 187.5 187.1 2.9 1.6

Professional and business services

444.9 461.3 461.7 462.1 17.2 3.9

Education and health services

401.0 413.6 417.3 419.6 18.6 4.6

Leisure and hospitality

321.3 328.2 327.9 325.9 4.6 1.4

Other services

122.9 126.4 126.6 126.1 3.2 2.6

Government

314.3 291.0 314.2 315.8 1.5 0.5

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

Total nonfarm

9,811.5 9,990.2 9,935.3 9,920.5 109.0 1.1

Mining, logging, and construction

419.5 435.7 436.7 432.1 12.6 3.0

Manufacturing

360.7 364.6 363.3 361.4 0.7 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,727.5 1,727.8 1,722.8 1,731.0 3.5 0.2

Information

293.4 297.5 296.7 297.3 3.9 1.3

Financial activities

782.7 785.7 782.5 770.3 -12.4 -1.6

Professional and business services

1,579.2 1,595.0 1,593.2 1,584.4 5.2 0.3

Education and health services

1,970.2 2,001.6 1,992.8 2,033.3 63.1 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

951.5 1,025.0 1,018.5 969.1 17.6 1.8

Other services

421.7 436.6 435.0 429.9 8.2 1.9

Government

1,305.1 1,320.7 1,293.8 1,311.7 6.6 0.5

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

Total nonfarm

2,949.9 2,958.0 2,955.1 2,981.3 31.4 1.1

Mining, logging, and construction

121.1 128.7 128.2 126.9 5.8 4.8

Manufacturing

181.8 183.3 182.9 181.1 -0.7 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

521.0 518.8 514.4 518.2 -2.8 -0.5

Information

48.1 49.1 48.9 48.3 0.2 0.4

Financial activities

215.9 218.8 218.9 218.4 2.5 1.2

Professional and business services

468.8 475.7 477.7 478.6 9.8 2.1

Education and health services

659.7 650.4 651.1 665.5 5.8 0.9

Leisure and hospitality

275.5 293.3 291.2 283.0 7.5 2.7

Other services

121.1 124.1 123.5 122.5 1.4 1.2

Government

336.9 315.8 318.3 338.8 1.9 0.6

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,122.5 2,117.7 2,158.3 2,173.7 51.2 2.4

Mining and logging

3.7 3.7 3.7 3.5 -0.2 -5.4

Construction

126.3 137.0 137.1 138.7 12.4 9.8

Manufacturing

128.5 136.0 136.4 136.8 8.3 6.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

404.9 409.0 410.7 411.4 6.5 1.6

Information

38.0 37.6 37.7 37.9 -0.1 -0.3

Financial activities

193.6 193.4 194.8 196.6 3.0 1.5

Professional and business services

355.6 360.0 359.7 363.4 7.8 2.2

Education and health services

328.0 335.2 338.7 339.6 11.6 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

226.5 227.2 229.2 228.6 2.1 0.9

Other services

69.7 70.1 70.9 71.8 2.1 3.0

Government

247.7 208.5 239.4 245.4 -2.3 -0.9

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,447.3 2,506.2 2,510.8 2,511.5 64.2 2.6

Mining and logging

0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0

Construction

127.8 137.3 137.9 137.6 9.8 7.7

Manufacturing

145.5 144.1 144.2 144.2 -1.3 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

377.4 379.7 379.5 378.6 1.2 0.3

Information

118.2 123.8 124.4 122.7 4.5 3.8

Financial activities

141.4 147.7 147.0 146.2 4.8 3.4

Professional and business services

497.6 522.0 523.6 519.1 21.5 4.3

Education and health services

354.6 363.3 364.3 368.7 14.1 4.0

Leisure and hospitality

276.8 286.4 285.9 284.3 7.5 2.7

Other services

88.3 87.4 86.7 85.5 -2.8 -3.2

Government

319.4 314.2 317.0 324.3 4.9 1.5

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

Total nonfarm

3,301.4 3,361.1 3,339.5 3,340.0 38.6 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

163.1 164.9 167.2 165.8 2.7 1.7

Manufacturing

55.5 56.4 55.8 55.0 -0.5 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

404.8 404.0 402.3 400.3 -4.5 -1.1

Information

73.6 73.9 73.4 73.1 -0.5 -0.7

Financial activities

159.1 157.1 158.1 156.6 -2.5 -1.6

Professional and business services

761.6 784.5 782.2 775.6 14.0 1.8

Education and health services

442.6 443.8 447.2 452.9 10.3 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

334.5 361.1 361.3 351.6 17.1 5.1

Other services

208.0 214.0 212.1 208.3 0.3 0.1

Government

698.6 701.4 679.9 700.8 2.2 0.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019