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Monday, January 06, 2020

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — November 2019

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,870,400 in November 2019, up 120,700 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From November 2018 to November 2019, local nonfarm employment rose 3.2 percent compared to the national rate of 1.5 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked first in both the number of jobs added over the year and the annual rate of job growth. (See chart 3 and table 2; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains the metropolitan area definitions. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of two metropolitan divisions – separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area. The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division, which accounted for 72 percent of the area’s workforce, added 97,800 jobs from November a year ago, an increase of 3.7 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 28 percent of the area’s workforce, added 22,900 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 2.1 percent.

Industry employment

Professional and business services added 22,000 jobs in the area from November 2018 to November 2019, the largest gain of any local supersector. The Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division was responsible for the entire local area gain in this sector, as the Fort Worth-Arlington division lost 1,000 jobs over the year. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area’s 3.5-percent annual rate of job growth in this supersector compared to the U.S. increase of 2.0 percent. (See chart 2.)

Employment was up 18,100 over the year in education and health services in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. The area’s 4.0-percent rate of job growth compared to the U.S. rate of 2.9 percent. Both metropolitan divisions gained jobs over the year, but growth was particularly strong in the ambulatory health care services industry in Dallas-Plano-Irving, which added 8,100 jobs.

Mining, logging, and construction added 17,300 jobs locally, a 7.7-percent gain over the year. The Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division added jobs at a faster pace than the Fort Worth-Arlington area, as employment in this sector expanded 10.4 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington added 17,100 jobs in leisure and hospitality from November 2018 to November 2019. The local 4.4-percent annual growth rate compared to the national increase of 2.6 percent. The leisure and hospitality supersector registered growth in both metropolitan divisions as employment rose 5.1 percent in Fort Worth-Arlington and 4.1 percent in Dallas-Plano-Irving.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington’s largest supersector, added 16,400 jobs from November 2018 to November 2019. Locally, employment rose in all three sub-sectors: retail trade (+6,300); wholesale trade (+5,900); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+4,200). The 2.0-percent rate of local job growth compared to the national gain of 0.4 percent.

Financial activities added 15,400 jobs from November a year ago. The local 5.1-percent rate of annual job growth compared to the national rate of 1.4 percent. Both metropolitan areas contributed to the supersector’s job gain.

Three other local sectors had annual job gains ranging from 6,000 to 3,100 from November 2018 to November 2019: manufacturing (+6,000), government (+5,300), and other services (+3,100).

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in November 2019. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 8 areas at or above the national average of 1.5 percent. Dallas had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.2 percent, followed by Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (+2.7 percent), and Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (+2.6 percent). Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of annual job growth, up 0.6 percent. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

Dallas added the largest number of jobs over the year, 120,700, followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City with 99,400 jobs. Chicago had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 28,600 jobs, followed by Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington with 29,000 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining eight metropolitan areas ranged from 96,000 in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim to 39,000 in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in seven areas: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, New York, and Phoenix. Professional and business services added the most jobs in the other five areas: Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

The information sector lost the most jobs in three areas: Houston, Phoenix, and Washington. Atlanta and Dallas were the only areas to have no job losses in any supersector from November 2018 to November 2019.

Metropolitan area employment data for December 2019 are scheduled to be released on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


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 that 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.

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 that 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 surveys, administrative data, and modeling 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 also are 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 specific 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 at the supersector level and for the private service-providing, goods-producing, total private and total nonfarm levels are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm. 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, dated April 10, 2018. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

     The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties in Texas.

     The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division includes Hood, Johnson, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise Counties in Texas.

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. Detailed industry employment data for metropolitan areas from the CES program are available from the State and Area Employment databases at www.bls.gov/sae/data/home.htm.

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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and IndustryNov.
2018
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019(p)
Nov. 2018 to
Nov. 2019(p)
Net changePercent change

United States

Total nonfarm

151,375152,016153,002153,6242,2491.5

Mining and logging

751754760747-4-0.5

Construction

7,4577,6977,7157,6021451.9

Manufacturing

12,78312,88412,81912,862790.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

28,38727,70327,91428,5001130.4

Information

2,8542,8222,8282,865110.4

Financial activities

8,6098,7058,7328,7281191.4

Professional and business services

21,44421,62521,82521,8694252.0

Education and health services

24,08924,34924,65224,7846952.9

Leisure and hospitality

16,18216,92216,80616,6014192.6

Other services

5,8595,9335,9455,942831.4

Government

22,96022,62223,00623,1241640.7

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

3,749.73,810.33,837.23,870.4120.73.2

Mining, logging, and construction

224.6237.8242.1241.917.37.7

Manufacturing

282.7288.2283.7288.76.02.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

813.1796.6805.9829.516.42.0

Information

82.781.281.882.70.00.0

Financial activities

304.6319.5319.6320.015.45.1

Professional and business services

625.4648.6648.8647.422.03.5

Education and health services

454.7466.1470.9472.818.14.0

Leisure and hospitality

387.4402.5403.9404.517.14.4

Other services

125.4128.0128.7128.53.12.5

Government

449.1441.8451.8454.45.31.2

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

2,674.82,732.22,752.82,772.697.83.7

Mining, logging, and construction

148.0161.2163.2163.415.410.4

Manufacturing

181.9185.5185.5185.73.82.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

542.9530.8539.2554.311.42.1

Information

71.670.471.071.80.20.3

Financial activities

242.9254.8254.8255.312.45.1

Professional and business services

509.5534.2535.1532.523.04.5

Education and health services

316.1325.1327.0330.013.94.4

Leisure and hospitality

267.2277.1278.5278.211.04.1

Other services

87.088.488.689.02.02.3

Government

307.7304.7309.9312.44.71.5

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,074.91,078.11,084.41,097.822.92.1

Mining, logging, and construction

76.676.678.978.51.92.5

Manufacturing

100.8102.798.2103.02.22.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

270.2265.8266.7275.25.01.9

Information

11.110.810.810.9-0.2-1.8

Financial activities

61.764.764.864.73.04.9

Professional and business services

115.9114.4113.7114.9-1.0-0.9

Education and health services

138.6141.0143.9142.84.23.0

Leisure and hospitality

120.2125.4125.4126.36.15.1

Other services

38.439.640.139.51.12.9

Government

141.4137.1141.9142.00.60.4

(p) preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and IndustryNov.
2018
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019(p)
Nov. 2018 to
Nov. 2019(p)
Net changePercent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,826.72,851.92,873.52,887.961.22.2

Mining and logging

1.61.61.61.60.00.0

Construction

128.3133.6134.0134.05.74.4

Manufacturing

172.2175.7175.3174.82.61.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

617.0606.7611.7624.47.41.2

Information

98.797.999.9101.93.23.2

Financial activities

174.8176.1175.5175.40.60.3

Professional and business services

538.4539.3545.0546.37.91.5

Education and health services

360.4369.1372.6375.314.94.1

Leisure and hospitality

298.7311.9315.9311.312.64.2

Other services

97.498.498.498.20.80.8

Government

339.2341.6343.6344.75.51.6

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,796.52,809.42,834.92,835.539.01.4

Mining, logging, and construction

119.2121.9123.5122.43.22.7

Manufacturing

187.8187.2187.7188.10.30.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

433.4420.0423.6429.4-4.0-0.9

Information

81.483.583.684.12.73.3

Financial activities

182.9185.1185.0185.22.31.3

Professional and business services

507.1514.5519.0517.310.22.0

Education and health services

593.2595.7608.4610.417.22.9

Leisure and hospitality

266.3281.8279.8272.05.72.1

Other services

103.0103.7104.3103.60.60.6

Government

322.2316.0320.0323.00.80.2

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,820.04,821.14,860.44,848.628.60.6

Mining and logging

1.61.61.71.60.00.0

Construction

184.7189.1189.1182.6-2.1-1.1

Manufacturing

423.7426.0426.1424.81.10.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

978.3955.1963.6976.0-2.3-0.2

Information

75.973.574.573.9-2.0-2.6

Financial activities

314.1313.9315.5315.71.60.5

Professional and business services

862.0857.9863.4856.7-5.3-0.6

Education and health services

747.7745.4761.1763.315.62.1

Leisure and hospitality

480.3505.5504.1490.610.32.1

Other services

198.2198.7198.9199.10.90.5

Government

553.5554.4562.4564.310.82.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,749.73,810.33,837.23,870.4120.73.2

Mining, logging, and construction

224.6237.8242.1241.917.37.7

Manufacturing

282.7288.2283.7288.76.02.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

813.1796.6805.9829.516.42.0

Information

82.781.281.882.70.00.0

Financial activities

304.6319.5319.6320.015.45.1

Professional and business services

625.4648.6648.8647.422.03.5

Education and health services

454.7466.1470.9472.818.14.0

Leisure and hospitality

387.4402.5403.9404.517.14.4

Other services

125.4128.0128.7128.53.12.5

Government

449.1441.8451.8454.45.31.2

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,137.63,173.93,204.13,223.185.52.7

Mining and logging

81.387.488.287.66.37.7

Construction

226.8232.2231.8231.34.52.0

Manufacturing

234.4241.4241.1241.06.62.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

641.2626.5633.1649.17.91.2

Information

31.729.729.829.8-1.9-6.0

Financial activities

164.3168.0168.7168.03.72.3

Professional and business services

502.3521.0530.6528.726.45.3

Education and health services

399.4404.6408.8412.413.03.3

Leisure and hospitality

321.7329.1331.1328.66.92.1

Other services

113.4120.3119.8120.87.46.5

Government

421.1413.7421.1425.84.71.1

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,247.26,249.56,302.26,343.296.01.5

Mining and logging

2.42.42.42.40.00.0

Construction

257.6271.2272.6267.19.53.7

Manufacturing

501.5505.0504.0503.31.80.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,139.61,111.01,118.31,146.46.80.6

Information

250.4242.2241.4249.4-1.0-0.4

Financial activities

342.1341.4344.5345.73.61.1

Professional and business services

952.5962.4966.4968.415.91.7

Education and health services

1,063.51,085.71,095.41,099.736.23.4

Leisure and hospitality

758.4776.8782.3779.521.12.8

Other services

214.2211.5213.2211.5-2.7-1.3

Government

765.0739.9761.7769.84.80.6

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,735.02,730.92,755.32,775.140.11.5

Mining and logging

0.70.70.70.70.00.0

Construction

141.6144.8144.9145.03.42.4

Manufacturing

92.090.089.789.3-2.7-2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

625.4606.3614.4626.20.80.1

Information

51.749.950.350.7-1.0-1.9

Financial activities

186.1187.4188.5189.33.21.7

Professional and business services

454.6463.0463.4461.97.31.6

Education and health services

407.7419.1424.5424.917.24.2

Leisure and hospitality

332.6326.6330.5336.43.81.1

Other services

124.5125.5126.1127.32.82.2

Government

318.1317.6322.3323.45.31.7

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

Total nonfarm

9,980.79,919.310,017.110,080.199.41.0

Mining, logging, and construction

417.5431.5427.1422.55.01.2

Manufacturing

362.8361.9360.0362.0-0.8-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,787.31,732.61,745.71,783.7-3.6-0.2

Information

295.6294.7292.7296.40.80.3

Financial activities

778.4768.7768.3770.8-7.6-1.0

Professional and business services

1,597.31,587.11,603.61,602.14.80.3

Education and health services

2,043.52,032.52,087.62,109.365.83.2

Leisure and hospitality

921.4970.1953.1946.825.42.8

Other services

428.8428.5435.1433.04.21.0

Government

1,348.11,311.71,343.91,353.55.40.4

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

Total nonfarm

2,982.32,985.63,002.63,011.329.01.0

Mining, logging, and construction

122.1126.9127.0123.41.31.1

Manufacturing

182.1181.7181.5181.8-0.3-0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

535.7520.1525.5536.20.50.1

Information

48.648.348.448.60.00.0

Financial activities

216.6219.2220.2220.53.91.8

Professional and business services

471.6477.9478.1480.79.11.9

Education and health services

670.8667.8675.4678.47.61.1

Leisure and hospitality

267.9281.1278.6273.15.21.9

Other services

121.8123.3123.0121.80.00.0

Government

345.1339.3344.9346.81.70.5

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,169.32,176.42,203.02,225.856.52.6

Mining and logging

3.73.53.53.6-0.1-2.7

Construction

129.9138.4138.3136.56.65.1

Manufacturing

130.4136.8137.0137.26.85.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

420.1412.1419.2432.612.53.0

Information

38.937.838.338.2-0.7-1.8

Financial activities

193.5195.5197.8197.33.82.0

Professional and business services

366.4362.9368.7373.87.42.0

Education and health services

335.2341.9344.5349.314.14.2

Leisure and hospitality

231.7230.0235.0234.73.01.3

Other services

71.271.973.874.63.44.8

Government

248.3245.6246.9248.0-0.3-0.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,479.22,511.22,528.02,538.759.52.4

Mining and logging

0.30.30.30.30.00.0

Construction

129.0136.3135.4134.05.03.9

Manufacturing

144.0144.3143.9144.30.30.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

388.9378.8380.8389.10.20.1

Information

117.7122.7123.0123.86.15.2

Financial activities

142.1146.5147.5147.75.63.9

Professional and business services

504.9519.5524.5524.119.23.8

Education and health services

361.2369.6373.7375.214.03.9

Leisure and hospitality

274.9284.0283.7282.37.42.7

Other services

88.485.485.986.0-2.4-2.7

Government

327.8323.8329.3331.94.11.3

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

Total nonfarm

3,323.83,338.73,363.73,384.961.11.8

Mining, logging, and construction

163.0165.6164.6164.91.91.2

Manufacturing

55.255.055.856.21.01.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

413.7399.8402.9414.10.40.1

Information

74.172.973.972.8-1.3-1.8

Financial activities

155.8157.1158.6157.61.81.2

Professional and business services

762.5774.2783.2787.324.83.3

Education and health services

450.9451.3455.4459.28.31.8

Leisure and hospitality

332.1353.7353.8352.520.46.1

Other services

208.9208.5209.4209.10.20.1

Government

707.6700.6706.1711.23.60.5

(p) preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, January 06, 2020