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Friday, September 22, 2017

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — August 2017

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,612,900 in August 2017, up 96,700 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From August 2016 to August 2017, local nonfarm employment rose 2.8 percent, above the national increase of 1.5 percent. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Dallas ranked second in both the rate of job growth and the number of jobs added. (See chart 1 and table 1; 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 71 percent of the area’s workforce, added 70,900 jobs from August a year ago, an increase of 2.8 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 29 percent of the area’s workforce, added 25,800 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 2.6 percent.

Industry employment

Professional and business services added 25,100 jobs in the local area from August 2016 to August 2017, a 4.3-percent increase and the largest gain of any local supersector. (See table 1 and chart 2.) Nearly all of the increase was in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division, which added 22,300 jobs. Nationwide, employment in the professional and business services supersector rose at a rate of 3.0 percent over the year.

Employment in the area’s leisure and hospitality supersector rose by 18,600 over the year, with the majority of the job gain in the sector’s largest industry, food services and drinking places (+13,000). The supersector’s rate of job growth in the Dallas metropolitan area, at 5.0 percent, was more than double the nationwide advance of 2.0 percent.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added the third-largest number of jobs, up 14,500 from August 2016. The 1.9-percent local rate of job growth was above the national gain of 0.4 percent. Locally, employment rose in each of the three industry subsectors, as wholesale trade and transportation, warehousing, and utilities each added 5,800 jobs, and retail trade added 2,900 jobs.

The local financial activities supersector added 9,500 jobs from August 2016, a 3.3-percent increase; nationally, the rate of job growth was 1.8 percent. Both metropolitan divisions added jobs: 6,200 in Dallas-Plano-Irving and 3,300 in Fort Worth-Arlington. Job growth was particularly strong in the Fort Worth-Arlington finance and insurance industry, which rose by 3,200, a 7.4-percent increase.

Employment in education and health services rose by 7,900 in the Dallas area from August 2016. The local area’s 1.8-percent rate of job growth compared to the national rate of 2.1 percent. Employment increased at a faster pace in Fort Worth compared to Dallas, 2.8 and 1.4 percent, respectively. Fort Worth-Arlington added 3,700 jobs and Dallas-Plano-Irving added 4,200 jobs during the previous 12 months.

Government employment in the metropolitan area increased by 7,400 from August 2016 to August 2017, up 1.8 percent. Local government accounted for more than 85 percent of the growth with the addition of 6,400 jobs. Nationally, employment was little changed in this sector.

The manufacturing supersector added 7,000 jobs in the metropolitan area, an increase of 2.6 percent. Fort Worth-Arlington was responsible for the majority of the job gain, up 3,600 or 3.9 percent, from August 2016. Nationwide, manufacturing employment rose 1.1 percent.

In the three remaining supersectors, other services added 4,700 jobs locally from August 2016, mining logging and construction added 3,400, and information lost 1,400.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in August 2017. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 9 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.5 percent. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.2 percent, followed by Dallas at 2.8 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim had the slowest rates of job growth at 0.5 and 0.6 percent, respectively. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 145,900, followed by Dallas (+96,700) and Atlanta (+86,400). Chicago had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 24,700 jobs. Annual job gains in the other eight metropolitan areas ranged from 67,600 to 34,900.

Over the year, education and health services added the most jobs in five areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Professional and business services gained the most jobs in four areas: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

Information lost the most jobs over the year in three areas: Dallas, New York, and Washington. Atlanta had no annual job losses in any supersector.

Metropolitan area employment data for September 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, October 20, 2017, 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 2012 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. The employment data are estimated using a "link relative" technique in which a ratio (link relative) of current-month employment to that of the previous month is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are obtained by multiplying the estimates for the previous month by these ratios. Small-domain models are used as the official estimators for the approximately 39 percent of CES published series which have insufficient sample for direct sample-based estimates.

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 are available for state CES data at the total nonfarm and supersector levels and for metropolitan area CES data. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on February 28, 2013. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available online 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. 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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area and its components, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Aug.
2016
Jun.
2017
Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017(p)
Aug. 2016 to
Aug. 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

144,441 147,421 146,330 146,541 2,100 1.5

Mining and logging

670 716 723 728 58 8.7

Construction

6,975 7,106 7,145 7,181 206 3.0

Manufacturing

12,430 12,496 12,517 12,572 142 1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,259 27,413 27,376 27,360 101 0.4

Information

2,790 2,738 2,734 2,721 -69 -2.5

Financial activities

8,381 8,505 8,536 8,532 151 1.8

Professional and business services

20,321 20,861 20,874 20,928 607 3.0

Education and health services

22,354 22,894 22,807 22,831 477 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

16,330 16,618 16,740 16,663 333 2.0

Other services

5,729 5,831 5,834 5,821 92 1.6

Government

21,202 22,243 21,044 21,204 2 0.0

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

3,516.2 3,624.0 3,608.9 3,612.9 96.7 2.8

Mining, logging, and construction

207.1 207.6 209.1 210.5 3.4 1.6

Manufacturing

265.8 268.8 270.7 272.8 7.0 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

753.7 764.8 764.9 768.2 14.5 1.9

Information

83.1 81.7 82.3 81.7 -1.4 -1.7

Financial activities

284.0 293.6 294.6 293.5 9.5 3.3

Professional and business services

586.8 609.1 609.7 611.9 25.1 4.3

Education and health services

432.8 440.3 439.9 440.7 7.9 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

371.9 397.1 395.2 390.5 18.6 5.0

Other services

122.9 128.2 128.3 127.6 4.7 3.8

Government

408.1 432.8 414.2 415.5 7.4 1.8

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

2,506.9 2,583.8 2,571.8 2,577.8 70.9 2.8

Mining, logging, and construction

136.0 136.6 136.9 139.1 3.1 2.3

Manufacturing

173.1 173.3 175.2 176.5 3.4 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

506.3 516.8 516.7 519.0 12.7 2.5

Information

71.5 70.2 70.8 70.4 -1.1 -1.5

Financial activities

226.2 232.5 232.8 232.4 6.2 2.7

Professional and business services

474.4 495.9 495.2 496.7 22.3 4.7

Education and health services

301.3 306.2 306.1 305.5 4.2 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

254.4 269.2 267.9 266.6 12.2 4.8

Other services

83.1 86.4 86.4 85.9 2.8 3.4

Government

280.6 296.7 283.8 285.7 5.1 1.8

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

1,009.3 1,040.2 1,037.1 1,035.1 25.8 2.6

Mining, logging, and construction

71.1 71.0 72.2 71.4 0.3 0.4

Manufacturing

92.7 95.5 95.5 96.3 3.6 3.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

247.4 248.0 248.2 249.2 1.8 0.7

Information

11.6 11.5 11.5 11.3 -0.3 -2.6

Financial activities

57.8 61.1 61.8 61.1 3.3 5.7

Professional and business services

112.4 113.2 114.5 115.2 2.8 2.5

Education and health services

131.5 134.1 133.8 135.2 3.7 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

117.5 127.9 127.3 123.9 6.4 5.4

Other services

39.8 41.8 41.9 41.7 1.9 4.8

Government

127.5 136.1 130.4 129.8 2.3 1.8

(p) preliminary


Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry
 
Aug.
2016
Jun.
2017
Jul.
2017
Aug.
2017(p)
Aug. 2016 to
Aug. 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,675.3 2,759.5 2,746.2 2,761.7 86.4 3.2

Mining and logging

1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.0 0.0

Construction

118.3 122.5 121.7 120.6 2.3 1.9

Manufacturing

162.5 163.2 162.3 162.9 0.4 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

589.8 597.6 597.4 599.2 9.4 1.6

Information

94.0 99.3 99.2 98.6 4.6 4.9

Financial activities

167.3 174.8 173.8 172.9 5.6 3.3

Professional and business services

491.4 523.4 520.4 524.9 33.5 6.8

Education and health services

334.9 340.9 340.5 344.2 9.3 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

290.3 306.1 305.8 301.5 11.2 3.9

Other services

99.0 101.4 102.5 102.6 3.6 3.6

Government

326.0 328.5 320.8 332.5 6.5 2.0

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,710.6 2,789.7 2,782.0 2,774.0 63.4 2.3

Mining, logging, and construction

114.2 114.0 116.2 116.6 2.4 2.1

Manufacturing

188.4 188.0 188.3 188.1 -0.3 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

423.4 431.2 428.7 426.0 2.6 0.6

Information

79.5 79.6 78.8 79.1 -0.4 -0.5

Financial activities

190.1 193.5 195.0 193.9 3.8 2.0

Professional and business services

477.8 486.4 488.9 491.8 14.0 2.9

Education and health services

561.2 587.6 589.4 584.4 23.2 4.1

Leisure and hospitality

281.8 283.5 291.1 290.6 8.8 3.1

Other services

104.6 107.8 109.5 111.3 6.7 6.4

Government

289.6 318.1 296.1 292.2 2.6 0.9

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,685.1 4,745.6 4,718.7 4,709.8 24.7 0.5

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

182.1 180.6 181.9 183.9 1.8 1.0

Manufacturing

415.4 418.2 416.4 412.7 -2.7 -0.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

945.6 947.8 945.2 945.0 -0.6 -0.1

Information

81.2 84.6 84.7 83.9 2.7 3.3

Financial activities

302.2 311.5 312.0 311.5 9.3 3.1

Professional and business services

832.5 836.4 839.2 840.1 7.6 0.9

Education and health services

704.9 720.1 709.2 707.8 2.9 0.4

Leisure and hospitality

489.2 494.3 493.4 492.4 3.2 0.7

Other services

195.4 198.0 198.5 197.8 2.4 1.2

Government

535.0 552.5 536.6 533.1 -1.9 -0.4

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,516.2 3,624.0 3,608.9 3,612.9 96.7 2.8

Mining, logging, and construction

207.1 207.6 209.1 210.5 3.4 1.6

Manufacturing

265.8 268.8 270.7 272.8 7.0 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

753.7 764.8 764.9 768.2 14.5 1.9

Information

83.1 81.7 82.3 81.7 -1.4 -1.7

Financial activities

284.0 293.6 294.6 293.5 9.5 3.3

Professional and business services

586.8 609.1 609.7 611.9 25.1 4.3

Education and health services

432.8 440.3 439.9 440.7 7.9 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

371.9 397.1 395.2 390.5 18.6 5.0

Other services

122.9 128.2 128.3 127.6 4.7 3.8

Government

408.1 432.8 414.2 415.5 7.4 1.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,984.3 3,061.2 3,041.7 3,037.8 53.5 1.8

Mining and logging

86.4 86.3 87.4 87.0 0.6 0.7

Construction

216.2 215.1 210.7 211.7 -4.5 -2.1

Manufacturing

220.3 234.1 235.2 233.1 12.8 5.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

609.2 603.2 603.7 604.1 -5.1 -0.8

Information

32.7 32.2 32.4 31.9 -0.8 -2.4

Financial activities

156.2 156.2 157.8 158.7 2.5 1.6

Professional and business services

470.8 486.1 486.7 486.3 15.5 3.3

Education and health services

382.8 390.5 392.2 396.9 14.1 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

317.8 330.7 329.2 328.0 10.2 3.2

Other services

109.4 113.2 112.2 110.7 1.3 1.2

Government

382.5 413.6 394.2 389.4 6.9 1.8

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,939.8 6,040.2 5,971.0 5,977.9 38.1 0.6

Mining and logging

4.1 4.0 4.0 4.0 -0.1 -2.4

Construction

234.6 243.8 249.3 251.7 17.1 7.3

Manufacturing

516.1 510.9 509.8 509.1 -7.0 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,090.7 1,079.4 1,081.7 1,083.6 -7.1 -0.7

Information

255.5 256.0 252.5 253.7 -1.8 -0.7

Financial activities

339.7 337.9 339.7 340.0 0.3 0.1

Professional and business services

908.4 914.3 909.6 915.2 6.8 0.7

Education and health services

957.2 983.3 978.4 977.7 20.5 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

733.0 742.8 745.8 740.8 7.8 1.1

Other services

203.3 210.0 211.0 212.7 9.4 4.6

Government

697.2 757.8 689.2 689.4 -7.8 -1.1

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,573.6 2,625.9 2,619.3 2,635.5 61.9 2.4

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

124.2 128.3 129.8 132.0 7.8 6.3

Manufacturing

87.7 87.0 87.0 87.9 0.2 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

588.7 600.2 598.4 597.5 8.8 1.5

Information

49.9 49.0 49.0 49.1 -0.8 -1.6

Financial activities

176.4 175.6 177.0 174.8 -1.6 -0.9

Professional and business services

426.8 436.5 432.6 431.8 5.0 1.2

Education and health services

377.6 397.5 394.9 392.0 14.4 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

312.7 330.7 329.2 327.5 14.8 4.7

Other services

124.0 130.0 130.8 131.7 7.7 6.2

Government

304.9 290.4 289.9 310.5 5.6 1.8

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,516.9 9,775.6 9,726.3 9,662.8 145.9 1.5

Mining, logging, and construction

400.9 399.2 401.7 404.8 3.9 1.0

Manufacturing

368.0 366.7 365.4 367.1 -0.9 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,710.5 1,735.1 1,717.2 1,707.7 -2.8 -0.2

Information

292.7 286.1 285.7 286.5 -6.2 -2.1

Financial activities

783.3 787.2 792.7 788.8 5.5 0.7

Professional and business services

1,539.0 1,571.4 1,573.3 1,567.7 28.7 1.9

Education and health services

1,809.0 1,910.7 1,887.2 1,874.1 65.1 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

937.0 976.1 987.3 980.9 43.9 4.7

Other services

417.7 430.7 429.7 425.6 7.9 1.9

Government

1,258.8 1,312.4 1,286.1 1,259.6 0.8 0.1

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,852.8 2,941.6 2,916.7 2,904.3 51.5 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

117.8 120.8 121.2 120.6 2.8 2.4

Manufacturing

179.7 178.4 179.3 179.1 -0.6 -0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

520.5 528.3 525.2 522.9 2.4 0.5

Information

47.0 47.1 46.3 46.1 -0.9 -1.9

Financial activities

214.2 216.4 217.1 216.5 2.3 1.1

Professional and business services

462.3 479.9 479.8 479.0 16.7 3.6

Education and health services

607.5 627.7 629.3 622.9 15.4 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

271.2 283.1 283.7 284.1 12.9 4.8

Other services

120.5 122.0 120.5 119.3 -1.2 -1.0

Government

312.1 337.9 314.3 313.8 1.7 0.5

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,961.7 1,982.7 1,967.7 1,996.6 34.9 1.8

Mining and logging

3.3 3.2 3.2 3.2 -0.1 -3.0

Construction

107.6 109.0 110.5 109.9 2.3 2.1

Manufacturing

120.2 123.3 123.2 123.6 3.4 2.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

384.4 387.0 387.2 386.9 2.5 0.7

Information

35.9 35.3 34.3 33.6 -2.3 -6.4

Financial activities

176.2 181.2 180.5 180.9 4.7 2.7

Professional and business services

338.9 340.9 339.9 341.5 2.6 0.8

Education and health services

292.4 297.2 295.5 301.0 8.6 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

211.4 226.3 223.0 222.8 11.4 5.4

Other services

63.6 61.3 61.6 61.2 -2.4 -3.8

Government

227.8 218.0 208.8 232.0 4.2 1.8

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,351.5 2,392.7 2,388.1 2,392.2 40.7 1.7

Mining and logging

1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0

Construction

116.2 121.0 122.8 123.4 7.2 6.2

Manufacturing

133.9 132.0 132.8 133.6 -0.3 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

378.1 376.8 378.8 379.2 1.1 0.3

Information

101.8 102.3 103.2 102.9 1.1 1.1

Financial activities

142.9 147.1 147.7 147.2 4.3 3.0

Professional and business services

477.3 473.9 474.0 473.5 -3.8 -0.8

Education and health services

334.2 347.3 345.1 345.7 11.5 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

271.9 279.3 281.1 282.7 10.8 4.0

Other services

86.2 88.5 88.9 89.1 2.9 3.4

Government

308.0 323.5 312.7 313.9 5.9 1.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,227.3 3,312.6 3,323.4 3,294.9 67.6 2.1

Mining, logging, and construction

159.2 159.8 163.9 165.0 5.8 3.6

Manufacturing

54.2 54.3 54.4 54.7 0.5 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

406.0 414.5 413.2 412.7 6.7 1.7

Information

74.5 71.6 71.4 71.2 -3.3 -4.4

Financial activities

159.3 158.6 159.6 159.1 -0.2 -0.1

Professional and business services

746.2 758.2 764.8 762.7 16.5 2.2

Education and health services

425.2 443.4 445.9 444.9 19.7 4.6

Leisure and hospitality

332.0 347.9 349.1 346.4 14.4 4.3

Other services

196.6 198.1 200.4 199.9 3.3 1.7

Government

674.1 706.2 700.7 678.3 4.2 0.6

(p) preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, September 22, 2017