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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Miami Area Employment – May 2018

Local Rate of Employment Growth Below the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,669,200 in May 2018, up 23,400, or 0.9 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the Miami area has had over-the-year employment gains each month since October 2017. (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 12,100 jobs from May a year ago. The Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Division, which accounted for 32 percent of Miami area’s workforce, gained 10,600 jobs, while the West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach Division added 700 jobs over the 12-month period.

Industry employment

Construction had the largest over-the-year increase in the local area in May 2018, adding 13,600 jobs. All three metropolitan divisions gained construction jobs from May 2017, with the largest increase in the Miami metropolitan division (+6,300). The supersector’s local rate of job growth, at 10.5 percent, was more than double the 4.2-percent gain nationally. (See chart 2.)

Manufacturing in the local area added 8,300 jobs in May 2018, up 9.3 percent from May 2017. Over 86 percent of growth in this supersector occurred in the Miami metropolitan division (+7,200). Nationally, jobs in manufacturing were up 2.1 percent from May 2017.

Two other supersectors in the Miami area gained at least 1,500 jobs since last May. The area’s trade, transportation, and utilities supersector gained 3,100 jobs, up 0.5 percent; nationwide, employment in this supersector rose 1.3 percent over the year. Financial activities added 1,500 jobs in the local area. The 0.8-percent rate of local job growth was less than the national gain of 1.5 percent.

Two industry supersectors in the Miami area had employment declines of at least 1,000 from May 2017 to May 2018. Education and health services lost 1,800 jobs, down 0.5 percent. Local industry sector losses were focused in the West Palm Beach area (-4,000). Nationwide, education and health services added jobs since May 2017, increasing 1.9 percent. Information posted the second largest loss of jobs in the Miami area, down 1,200 or -2.3 percent. Nationally, this industry lost jobs over the 12-month period, decreasing 0.6 percent.

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 May 2018. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in five areas exceeding the national increase of 1.6 percent. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.4 percent, followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (3.1 percent). Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, 0.8 percent, followed by Miami (0.9 percent). (See chart 3 and table 2.)

Dallas added the largest number of jobs over the year, 122,000, followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City (+116,200). Miami had the smallest employment gain of 23,400 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining nine metropolitan areas ranged from 81,200 in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim to 38,600 in Chicago.

Over the year, professional and business services added the most jobs in five areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Dallas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Education and health services added the most jobs in three areas: New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and Phoenix.

The information supersector lost the most jobs in five areas. Dallas and Phoenix were the only metropolitan areas to have no annual job losses in any supersector.

Metropolitan area employment data for June 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, July 20, 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 nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/web/laus/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/web/laus/790stderr.htm. Measures of nonsampling error are not available for the areas contained in this news 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 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 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 May
2017
Mar
2018
Apr
2018
May
2018(p)
May 2017 to May 2018(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

146,937 147,384 148,366 149,309 2,372 1.6

Mining and logging

672 712 721 732 60 8.9

Construction

6,990 6,889 7,083 7,281 291 4.2

Manufacturing

12,389 12,576 12,599 12,651 262 2.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,340 27,422 27,493 27,694 354 1.3

Information

2,789 2,755 2,763 2,771 -18 -0.6

Financial activities

8,419 8,503 8,509 8,545 126 1.5

Professional and business services

20,417 20,576 20,815 20,908 491 2.4

Education and health services

23,195 23,634 23,695 23,632 437 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

16,285 15,822 16,137 16,547 262 1.6

Other services

5,791 5,799 5,844 5,889 98 1.7

Government

22,650 22,696 22,707 22,659 9 0.0

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

Total nonfarm

2,645.8 2,671.0 2,666.6 2,669.2 23.4 0.9

Mining and logging

0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.1 14.3

Construction

129.1 138.5 140.0 142.7 13.6 10.5

Manufacturing

89.5 94.3 96.3 97.8 8.3 9.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

596.9 599.2 596.6 600.0 3.1 0.5

Information

51.8 50.6 50.4 50.6 -1.2 -2.3

Financial activities

179.1 179.5 179.2 180.6 1.5 0.8

Professional and business services

434.7 439.4 437.6 434.9 0.2 0.0

Education and health services

395.8 395.2 394.1 394.0 -1.8 -0.5

Leisure and hospitality

328.9 333.1 332.6 328.4 -0.5 -0.2

Other services

123.9 124.6 124.7 124.8 0.9 0.7

Government

315.4 315.8 314.3 314.6 -0.8 -0.3

Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,180.4 1,191.7 1,189.7 1,192.5 12.1 1.0

Mining and logging

0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.1 20.0

Construction

46.7 50.9 52.2 53.0 6.3 13.5

Manufacturing

41.8 45.6 47.4 49.0 7.2 17.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

293.6 294.8 293.8 296.3 2.7 0.9

Information

19.6 19.0 18.9 19.0 -0.6 -3.1

Financial activities

80.8 79.7 78.8 78.9 -1.9 -2.4

Professional and business services

171.8 174.3 172.3 170.2 -1.6 -0.9

Education and health services

184.7 187.4 187.2 187.3 2.6 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

143.8 143.2 143.4 143.0 -0.8 -0.6

Other services

51.9 51.3 51.1 52.1 0.2 0.4

Government

145.2 144.9 144.0 143.1 -2.1 -1.4

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

Total nonfarm

841.6 848.4 850.6 852.2 10.6 1.3

Construction

46.7 49.5 49.7 51.0 4.3 9.2

Manufacturing

27.9 28.3 28.4 28.1 0.2 0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

187.2 187.8 187.9 188.2 1.0 0.5

Information

20.5 20.4 20.3 20.4 -0.1 -0.5

Financial activities

58.0 58.8 58.8 59.6 1.6 2.8

Professional and business services

149.6 150.5 152.8 153.2 3.6 2.4

Education and health services

111.2 111.3 110.6 110.8 -0.4 -0.4

Leisure and hospitality

95.8 96.0 96.4 95.1 -0.7 -0.7

Other services

38.8 40.0 40.5 39.5 0.7 1.8

Government

105.8 105.7 105.1 106.2 0.4 0.4

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

Total nonfarm

623.8 630.9 626.3 624.5 0.7 0.1

Construction

35.7 38.1 38.1 38.7 3.0 8.4

Manufacturing

19.8 20.4 20.5 20.7 0.9 4.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

116.1 116.6 114.9 115.5 -0.6 -0.5

Information

11.7 11.2 11.2 11.2 -0.5 -4.3

Financial activities

40.3 41.0 41.6 42.1 1.8 4.5

Professional and business services

113.3 114.6 112.5 111.5 -1.8 -1.6

Education and health services

99.9 96.5 96.3 95.9 -4.0 -4.0

Leisure and hospitality

89.3 93.9 92.8 90.3 1.0 1.1

Other services

33.2 33.3 33.1 33.2 0.0 0.0

Government

64.4 65.2 65.2 65.3 0.9 1.4

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

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,723.5 2,744.6 2,757.1 2,769.5 46.0 1.7

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

120.5 124.1 126.3 129.7 9.2 7.6

Manufacturing

166.5 168.7 168.8 168.9 2.4 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

599.4 613.3 612.8 616.8 17.4 2.9

Information

99.9 90.9 91.2 91.2 -8.7 -8.7

Financial activities

170.1 169.1 169.7 169.4 -0.7 -0.4

Professional and business services

497.2 496.0 497.9 496.9 -0.3 -0.1

Education and health services

341.2 353.6 353.2 351.7 10.5 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

296.1 292.4 299.5 308.6 12.5 4.2

Other services

100.5 98.2 98.7 99.5 -1.0 -1.0

Government

330.5 336.7 337.4 335.2 4.7 1.4

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,744.5 2,719.1 2,763.9 2,789.6 45.1 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

112.0 107.7 113.8 119.6 7.6 6.8

Manufacturing

185.8 187.9 188.1 188.4 2.6 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

422.9 414.6 419.7 424.0 1.1 0.3

Information

79.4 79.7 79.1 79.6 0.2 0.3

Financial activities

184.1 181.3 182.8 183.4 -0.7 -0.4

Professional and business services

481.3 485.0 497.0 500.9 19.6 4.1

Education and health services

583.3 588.8 592.8 589.8 6.5 1.1

Leisure and hospitality

275.7 258.4 269.5 282.5 6.8 2.5

Other services

102.6 100.8 105.5 105.4 2.8 2.7

Government

317.4 314.9 315.6 316.0 -1.4 -0.4

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,714.9 4,656.2 4,695.1 4,753.5 38.6 0.8

Mining and logging

1.6 1.5 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

176.8 165.4 173.8 183.4 6.6 3.7

Manufacturing

415.4 420.2 419.6 421.6 6.2 1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

943.7 941.7 944.9 952.7 9.0 1.0

Information

80.1 75.8 75.6 75.5 -4.6 -5.7

Financial activities

302.8 306.5 305.6 309.1 6.3 2.1

Professional and business services

824.7 799.2 813.7 822.2 -2.5 -0.3

Education and health services

729.0 733.7 736.5 738.9 9.9 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

492.3 460.7 474.3 490.2 -2.1 -0.4

Other services

196.1 192.9 193.5 195.3 -0.8 -0.4

Government

552.4 558.6 556.0 563.0 10.6 1.9

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,585.5 3,660.1 3,687.3 3,707.5 122.0 3.4

Mining, logging, and construction

212.9 217.2 223.9 227.2 14.3 6.7

Manufacturing

269.0 275.7 276.9 276.6 7.6 2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

758.0 771.4 774.7 780.4 22.4 3.0

Information

83.2 83.8 83.8 84.1 0.9 1.1

Financial activities

292.7 297.5 297.0 298.1 5.4 1.8

Professional and business services

588.1 605.0 611.9 613.6 25.5 4.3

Education and health services

442.7 452.1 453.3 455.6 12.9 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

378.1 382.9 390.5 395.5 17.4 4.6

Other services

122.1 126.6 127.4 127.6 5.5 4.5

Government

438.7 447.9 447.9 448.8 10.1 2.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,029.0 3,074.9 3,098.8 3,108.2 79.2 2.6

Mining and logging

78.0 77.8 78.1 79.3 1.3 1.7

Construction

218.1 227.2 228.6 229.5 11.4 5.2

Manufacturing

218.7 222.7 227.6 227.2 8.5 3.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

613.0 623.8 626.7 626.7 13.7 2.2

Information

32.5 31.5 31.2 31.6 -0.9 -2.8

Financial activities

158.0 161.7 161.8 162.3 4.3 2.7

Professional and business services

476.9 503.4 505.7 510.5 33.6 7.0

Education and health services

386.7 385.2 388.2 388.4 1.7 0.4

Leisure and hospitality

322.0 317.3 324.4 326.1 4.1 1.3

Other services

111.2 109.3 112.0 111.4 0.2 0.2

Government

413.9 415.0 414.5 415.2 1.3 0.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,049.6 6,101.8 6,115.0 6,130.8 81.2 1.3

Mining and logging

3.0 2.9 2.9 2.9 -0.1 -3.3

Construction

238.4 242.8 247.8 244.6 6.2 2.6

Manufacturing

509.1 508.8 507.6 508.2 -0.9 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,092.7 1,088.0 1,085.1 1,086.2 -6.5 -0.6

Information

237.5 245.6 245.5 245.4 7.9 3.3

Financial activities

340.1 338.9 340.9 339.1 -1.0 -0.3

Professional and business services

903.3 923.8 926.1 929.5 26.2 2.9

Education and health services

1,010.7 1,036.8 1,036.0 1,035.9 25.2 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

747.1 756.2 763.4 774.7 27.6 3.7

Other services

205.9 200.3 201.6 202.1 -3.8 -1.8

Government

761.8 757.7 758.1 762.2 0.4 0.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,645.8 2,671.0 2,666.6 2,669.2 23.4 0.9

Mining and logging

0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.1 14.3

Construction

129.1 138.5 140.0 142.7 13.6 10.5

Manufacturing

89.5 94.3 96.3 97.8 8.3 9.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

596.9 599.2 596.6 600.0 3.1 0.5

Information

51.8 50.6 50.4 50.6 -1.2 -2.3

Financial activities

179.1 179.5 179.2 180.6 1.5 0.8

Professional and business services

434.7 439.4 437.6 434.9 0.2 0.0

Education and health services

395.8 395.2 394.1 394.0 -1.8 -0.5

Leisure and hospitality

328.9 333.1 332.6 328.4 -0.5 -0.2

Other services

123.9 124.6 124.7 124.8 0.9 0.7

Government

315.4 315.8 314.3 314.6 -0.8 -0.3

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

Total nonfarm

9,710.1 9,667.9 9,723.5 9,826.3 116.2 1.2

Mining, logging, and construction

400.3 385.9 395.3 407.2 6.9 1.7

Manufacturing

365.4 362.5 361.9 363.1 -2.3 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,735.9 1,737.6 1,740.4 1,758.1 22.2 1.3

Information

285.2 285.8 281.6 282.1 -3.1 -1.1

Financial activities

772.0 774.0 772.8 773.7 1.7 0.2

Professional and business services

1,543.7 1,537.2 1,546.8 1,566.0 22.3 1.4

Education and health services

1,938.5 1,980.3 1,987.3 1,989.8 51.3 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

934.5 874.9 900.2 946.3 11.8 1.3

Other services

424.8 419.2 423.5 427.9 3.1 0.7

Government

1,309.8 1,310.5 1,313.7 1,312.1 2.3 0.2

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

Total nonfarm

2,925.2 2,917.3 2,948.2 2,964.9 39.7 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

119.4 110.4 115.0 118.5 -0.9 -0.8

Manufacturing

180.3 179.9 180.3 182.2 1.9 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

520.3 523.8 525.5 528.3 8.0 1.5

Information

46.4 44.9 44.8 44.7 -1.7 -3.7

Financial activities

213.7 214.4 215.2 217.0 3.3 1.5

Professional and business services

468.7 464.3 474.0 479.3 10.6 2.3

Education and health services

641.4 658.6 661.3 655.5 14.1 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

272.9 258.0 267.2 274.6 1.7 0.6

Other services

121.7 119.3 120.4 121.3 -0.4 -0.3

Government

340.4 343.7 344.5 343.5 3.1 0.9

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,025.6 2,090.8 2,094.1 2,087.4 61.8 3.1

Mining and logging

3.2 3.1 3.2 3.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

112.0 119.6 121.5 123.5 11.5 10.3

Manufacturing

121.7 127.9 127.9 129.3 7.6 6.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

390.0 400.2 397.5 397.6 7.6 1.9

Information

36.6 36.1 36.4 37.0 0.4 1.1

Financial activities

184.8 189.5 189.3 188.9 4.1 2.2

Professional and business services

342.6 349.7 350.8 347.7 5.1 1.5

Education and health services

305.3 319.1 319.9 318.1 12.8 4.2

Leisure and hospitality

225.5 233.4 234.9 233.6 8.1 3.6

Other services

66.3 65.5 65.8 67.1 0.8 1.2

Government

237.6 246.7 246.9 241.4 3.8 1.6

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,393.9 2,417.9 2,427.3 2,435.8 41.9 1.8

Mining and logging

0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.1 25.0

Construction

116.5 119.1 120.8 122.1 5.6 4.8

Manufacturing

138.6 142.1 142.3 142.2 3.6 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

379.5 381.1 381.8 382.0 2.5 0.7

Information

103.3 108.6 108.5 108.4 5.1 4.9

Financial activities

142.0 142.3 142.9 143.0 1.0 0.7

Professional and business services

475.4 486.7 488.9 490.7 15.3 3.2

Education and health services

350.2 358.3 356.2 356.6 6.4 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

275.2 269.5 274.5 278.1 2.9 1.1

Other services

87.6 84.0 84.4 84.6 -3.0 -3.4

Government

325.2 325.7 326.5 327.6 2.4 0.7

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

Total nonfarm

3,286.9 3,288.3 3,303.0 3,328.2 41.3 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

160.3 160.4 161.3 162.4 2.1 1.3

Manufacturing

54.8 54.7 55.0 55.7 0.9 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

405.2 406.2 407.0 412.8 7.6 1.9

Information

74.0 74.8 74.7 74.9 0.9 1.2

Financial activities

157.4 157.9 159.1 159.3 1.9 1.2

Professional and business services

745.3 748.0 752.2 761.1 15.8 2.1

Education and health services

437.7 445.5 448.2 447.6 9.9 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

335.5 326.9 331.6 337.8 2.3 0.7

Other services

207.3 208.4 208.7 211.0 3.7 1.8

Government

709.4 705.5 705.2 705.6 -3.8 -0.5

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018