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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — February 2017

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,567,200 in February 2017, up 119,300 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From February 2016 to February 2017, local nonfarm employment rose 3.5 percent, above the national increase of 1.7 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 91,500 jobs from February a year ago, an increase of 3.7 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 29 percent of the area’s workforce, added 27,800 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 2.8 percent.

Industry employment

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 26,100 jobs from February 2016. (See table 1 and chart 2.) The 3.6-percent rate of local job growth was more than three times the national rate of 1.0 percent. Locally, employment rose in each of the three industry subsectors, led by an increase of 13,300 jobs in transportation, warehousing, and utilities, a 7.4-percent rate of gain. Retail trade added 6,700 jobs and wholesale trade added 6,100 jobs.

The local professional and business services supersector added 24,100 jobs, a 4.2-percent gain over the year. The local increase was concentrated in Dallas-Plano-Irving, which added 22,000 jobs, a 4.8-percent gain. Nationwide, employment in the professional and business services supersector increased at a rate of 3.0 percent over the year.

Employment in the area’s leisure and hospitality supersector rose by 21,600 from February 2016, with the majority of the job gain in the sector’s largest industry, food services and drinking places (+15,600). The rate of job growth in the Dallas metropolitan area, at 6.1 percent, was more than three times the nationwide average (1.9 percent).

Employment in education and health services rose by 12,900 in the Dallas area from February 2016. The local area’s rate of job growth in this supersector, 3.0 percent, compared to the national rate of 2.5 percent. The area’s job gains were concentrated in Dallas-Plano-Irving, particularly in the ambulatory health care services industry which added 4,100 jobs.

The local financial activities supersector added 10,400 jobs from February 2016, a 3.7-percent increase; nationally, the rate of job growth was 2.3 percent. Both local metropolitan divisions added jobs, although Dallas-Plano-Irving accounted for the bulk of the area’s job gain. In Dallas-Plano-Irving, the largest over-the-year employment increase in this sector was in insurance carriers and related activities, which rose by 3,400, a 5.2-percent increase.

The mining, logging, and construction supersector in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington added 8,300 jobs from February 2016, a 4.2-percent rate of job gain. This sector has registered annual rates of local job growth of 4.0 percent or higher since October of 2016. Both metropolitan divisions added jobs, with strong gains in specialty trade contractors, which added 4,300 jobs in Dallas-Plano-Irving, a 6.6-percent gain since February 2016, and 2,100 jobs in Fort Worth-Arlington, a 5.8-percent increase.

Government employment in the metropolitan area increased by 7,500 from February 2016. The 1.8-percent rate of local job growth compared to the 0.9-percent gain nationally. More than half of the area’s government employment increase came from local government which added 4,200 jobs.

Employment in other services, the second-smallest supersector in the local area, rose by 5,800 from February 2016 to February 2017. The area’s annual employment increase of 4.9 percent compared to a national gain of 1.0 percent.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in February 2017. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 7 areas exceeding the national increase of 1.7 percent. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell had the fastest rate of job growth, 3.6 percent, followed by Dallas at 3.5 percent. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rates of job growth at 0.6 and 0.9 percent, respectively. (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs, 145,800, followed by Dallas (+119,300) and Atlanta (+95,400). Houston had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 19,300 jobs.

Education and health services had the largest employment gain in six areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward. Professional and business services added the most jobs in three areas: Atlanta, Phoenix Mesa-Scottsdale, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Manufacturing had the largest over-the-year losses in three areas–Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. Four areas experienced no annual job losses in any supersector–Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Metropolitan area employment data for March 2017 are scheduled to be released on Friday, April 21, 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
 
Feb.
2016
Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017(p)
Feb. 2016 to
Feb. 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

 

Total nonfarm

141,919 146,158 143,261 144,271 2,352 1.7

Mining and logging

698 669 662 670 -28 -4.0

Construction

6,256 6,660 6,414 6,475 219 3.5

Manufacturing

12,290 12,341 12,261 12,301 11 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

26,727 28,090 27,235 26,992 265 1.0

Information

2,762 2,775 2,722 2,755 -7 -0.3

Financial activities

8,155 8,373 8,342 8,342 187 2.3

Professional and business services

19,609 20,521 20,088 20,207 598 3.0

Education and health services

22,505 23,023 22,707 23,064 559 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

14,889 15,394 15,027 15,175 286 1.9

Other services

5,615 5,676 5,640 5,669 54 1.0

Government

22,413 22,636 22,163 22,621 208 0.9

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

 

Total nonfarm

3,447.9 3,593.6 3,557.9 3,567.2 119.3 3.5

Mining, logging, and construction

200.0 208.6 207.9 208.3 8.3 4.2

Manufacturing

264.1 266.1 265.7 265.5 1.4 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

733.2 783.0 767.4 759.3 26.1 3.6

Information

81.3 83.1 82.4 82.5 1.2 1.5

Financial activities

277.8 288.6 288.8 288.2 10.4 3.7

Professional and business services

569.2 598.5 590.2 593.3 24.1 4.2

Education and health services

426.3 435.7 436.9 439.2 12.9 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

351.6 370.0 368.5 373.2 21.6 6.1

Other services

118.0 122.6 121.5 123.8 5.8 4.9

Government

426.4 437.4 428.6 433.9 7.5 1.8

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

2,453.5 2,566.5 2,540.1 2,545.0 91.5 3.7

Mining, logging, and construction

130.5 137.6 137.0 137.6 7.1 5.4

Manufacturing

172.0 173.4 172.7 172.3 0.3 0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

492.6 528.5 517.9 511.7 19.1 3.9

Information

69.6 71.6 71.0 71.2 1.6 2.3

Financial activities

220.7 230.7 230.4 229.8 9.1 4.1

Professional and business services

459.1 486.1 478.7 481.1 22.0 4.8

Education and health services

296.8 303.2 303.0 305.3 8.5 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

242.0 254.7 255.7 256.8 14.8 6.1

Other services

79.5 82.8 81.6 83.5 4.0 5.0

Government

290.7 297.9 292.1 295.7 5.0 1.7

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

 

Total nonfarm

994.4 1,027.1 1,017.8 1,022.2 27.8 2.8

Mining, logging, and construction

69.5 71.0 70.9 70.7 1.2 1.7

Manufacturing

92.1 92.7 93.0 93.2 1.1 1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

240.6 254.5 249.5 247.6 7.0 2.9

Information

11.7 11.5 11.4 11.3 -0.4 -3.4

Financial activities

57.1 57.9 58.4 58.4 1.3 2.3

Professional and business services

110.1 112.4 111.5 112.2 2.1 1.9

Education and health services

129.5 132.5 133.9 133.9 4.4 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

109.6 115.3 112.8 116.4 6.8 6.2

Other services

38.5 39.8 39.9 40.3 1.8 4.7

Government

135.7 139.5 136.5 138.2 2.5 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
 
Feb.
2016
Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017(p)
Feb. 2016 to
Feb. 2017(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

 

Total nonfarm

2,615.5 2,735.8 2,698.6 2,710.9 95.4 3.6

Mining and logging

1.7 1.8 1.8 1.8 0.1 5.9

Construction

110.9 119.1 118.1 118.5 7.6 6.9

Manufacturing

160.9 163.5 163.1 163.4 2.5 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

581.6 614.7 599.3 595.0 13.4 2.3

Information

94.0 98.9 97.7 98.7 4.7 5.0

Financial activities

163.5 169.0 170.1 171.2 7.7 4.7

Professional and business services

480.6 506.9 497.2 502.7 22.1 4.6

Education and health services

329.9 340.3 338.0 342.6 12.7 3.8

Leisure and hospitality

268.7 288.9 284.5 286.3 17.6 6.6

Other services

95.9 98.5 97.0 96.6 0.7 0.7

Government

327.8 334.2 331.8 334.1 6.3 1.9

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

 

Total nonfarm

2,644.2 2,741.4 2,685.1 2,689.1 44.9 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

99.1 107.5 101.7 99.7 0.6 0.6

Manufacturing

186.7 187.4 185.5 185.4 -1.3 -0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

413.5 433.6 424.9 414.7 1.2 0.3

Information

77.1 78.8 78.4 78.4 1.3 1.7

Financial activities

183.7 188.6 189.2 189.1 5.4 2.9

Professional and business services

454.9 475.8 464.5 467.4 12.5 2.7

Education and health services

569.7 586.0 577.3 588.2 18.5 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

245.8 260.0 250.2 246.5 0.7 0.3

Other services

98.0 100.9 100.3 99.9 1.9 1.9

Government

315.7 322.8 313.1 319.8 4.1 1.3

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

 

Total nonfarm

4,551.8 4,683.8 4,574.2 4,592.3 40.5 0.9

Mining and logging

1.5 1.6 1.4 1.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

149.5 163.1 153.7 156.5 7.0 4.7

Manufacturing

413.1 413.1 411.3 412.4 -0.7 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

924.0 975.0 939.7 926.0 2.0 0.2

Information

79.7 81.3 80.3 80.5 0.8 1.0

Financial activities

294.5 300.5 304.4 305.7 11.2 3.8

Professional and business services

799.7 820.3 796.2 796.0 -3.7 -0.5

Education and health services

712.1 718.8 711.7 721.6 9.5 1.3

Leisure and hospitality

440.2 458.4 443.1 443.2 3.0 0.7

Other services

192.5 191.1 190.4 192.0 -0.5 -0.3

Government

545.0 560.6 542.0 556.9 11.9 2.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

 

Total nonfarm

3,447.9 3,593.6 3,557.9 3,567.2 119.3 3.5

Mining, logging, and construction

200.0 208.6 207.9 208.3 8.3 4.2

Manufacturing

264.1 266.1 265.7 265.5 1.4 0.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

733.2 783.0 767.4 759.3 26.1 3.6

Information

81.3 83.1 82.4 82.5 1.2 1.5

Financial activities

277.8 288.6 288.8 288.2 10.4 3.7

Professional and business services

569.2 598.5 590.2 593.3 24.1 4.2

Education and health services

426.3 435.7 436.9 439.2 12.9 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

351.6 370.0 368.5 373.2 21.6 6.1

Other services

118.0 122.6 121.5 123.8 5.8 4.9

Government

426.4 437.4 428.6 433.9 7.5 1.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

 

Total nonfarm

2,992.4 3,036.0 2,995.0 3,011.7 19.3 0.6

Mining and logging

93.9 86.3 87.7 87.3 -6.6 -7.0

Construction

219.3 214.9 213.4 216.8 -2.5 -1.1

Manufacturing

230.3 222.1 222.6 226.8 -3.5 -1.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

606.6 627.3 609.9 602.1 -4.5 -0.7

Information

32.2 33.4 32.8 32.7 0.5 1.6

Financial activities

153.7 156.6 155.2 153.8 0.1 0.1

Professional and business services

467.3 472.5 466.2 468.9 1.6 0.3

Education and health services

375.7 387.5 382.7 386.4 10.7 2.8

Leisure and hospitality

304.4 313.1 310.8 315.2 10.8 3.5

Other services

107.4 107.2 107.3 106.9 -0.5 -0.5

Government

401.6 415.1 406.4 414.8 13.2 3.3

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

 

Total nonfarm

5,920.5 6,064.6 5,963.8 6,008.3 87.8 1.5

Mining and logging

4.3 4.0 3.9 4.0 -0.3 -7.0

Construction

226.0 228.9 222.5 229.2 3.2 1.4

Manufacturing

519.9 515.2 508.8 510.2 -9.7 -1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,074.4 1,132.4 1,096.9 1,086.0 11.6 1.1

Information

256.3 253.4 249.9 255.0 -1.3 -0.5

Financial activities

334.3 340.3 338.1 337.7 3.4 1.0

Professional and business services

893.6 911.5 898.3 910.3 16.7 1.9

Education and health services

966.1 988.1 984.2 998.0 31.9 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

703.2 730.0 709.9 718.4 15.2 2.2

Other services

201.6 206.8 207.4 208.1 6.5 3.2

Government

740.8 754.0 743.9 751.4 10.6 1.4

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

 

Total nonfarm

2,571.2 2,651.4 2,627.1 2,627.3 56.1 2.2

Mining and logging

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 0.0

Construction

117.9 125.1 121.9 124.0 6.1 5.2

Manufacturing

87.6 89.3 88.7 88.4 0.8 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

587.9 614.2 601.7 596.1 8.2 1.4

Information

49.2 49.4 48.8 49.0 -0.2 -0.4

Financial activities

175.3 176.3 174.6 174.1 -1.2 -0.7

Professional and business services

419.1 434.0 428.6 429.0 9.9 2.4

Education and health services

377.0 389.4 388.9 392.2 15.2 4.0

Leisure and hospitality

324.0 331.9 332.5 330.8 6.8 2.1

Other services

124.0 128.4 128.5 128.6 4.6 3.7

Government

308.5 312.7 312.2 314.4 5.9 1.9

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

 

Total nonfarm

9,327.6 9,697.0 9,427.3 9,473.4 145.8 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

357.2 380.9 365.2 363.0 5.8 1.6

Manufacturing

365.9 363.5 357.1 362.8 -3.1 -0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,693.4 1,798.6 1,735.2 1,707.9 14.5 0.9

Information

281.2 291.8 283.9 285.1 3.9 1.4

Financial activities

763.7 770.1 768.0 769.1 5.4 0.7

Professional and business services

1,471.6 1,547.1 1,501.9 1,507.7 36.1 2.5

Education and health services

1,853.3 1,924.9 1,881.2 1,917.5 64.2 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

832.7 879.8 841.8 843.3 10.6 1.3

Other services

409.5 418.3 411.8 411.7 2.2 0.5

Government

1,299.1 1,322.0 1,281.2 1,305.3 6.2 0.5

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

 

Total nonfarm

2,811.3 2,933.6 2,859.5 2,876.3 65.0 2.3

Mining, logging, and construction

104.9 112.6 107.8 109.7 4.8 4.6

Manufacturing

177.9 178.5 177.0 178.0 0.1 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

511.8 546.5 527.9 520.3 8.5 1.7

Information

46.2 46.9 46.1 46.2 0.0 0.0

Financial activities

209.4 214.4 212.5 211.5 2.1 1.0

Professional and business services

447.4 467.6 455.6 455.3 7.9 1.8

Education and health services

618.1 644.7 630.8 647.5 29.4 4.8

Leisure and hospitality

240.8 258.0 247.3 247.2 6.4 2.7

Other services

116.7 119.9 118.7 118.6 1.9 1.6

Government

338.1 344.5 335.8 342.0 3.9 1.2

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

 

Total nonfarm

1,961.4 2,032.6 1,990.9 2,010.7 49.3 2.5

Mining and logging

3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 0.0 0.0

Construction

102.3 104.7 103.9 104.4 2.1 2.1

Manufacturing

120.9 122.2 121.6 122.1 1.2 1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

380.6 403.4 391.0 387.6 7.0 1.8

Information

36.5 35.8 35.4 35.9 -0.6 -1.6

Financial activities

171.5 180.0 179.5 180.7 9.2 5.4

Professional and business services

332.9 355.0 341.3 343.0 10.1 3.0

Education and health services

290.0 299.1 296.2 298.7 8.7 3.0

Leisure and hospitality

216.0 221.4 221.0 225.8 9.8 4.5

Other services

64.3 62.6 60.9 61.9 -2.4 -3.7

Government

243.2 245.2 236.9 247.4 4.2 1.7

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

 

Total nonfarm

2,304.1 2,392.9 2,345.5 2,354.5 50.4 2.2

Mining and logging

0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.0 0.0

Construction

108.8 114.2 112.2 113.3 4.5 4.1

Manufacturing

130.5 132.6 131.3 130.6 0.1 0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

370.3 395.1 378.3 375.1 4.8 1.3

Information

96.1 102.2 100.2 99.6 3.5 3.6

Financial activities

139.8 146.0 144.8 145.3 5.5 3.9

Professional and business services

463.4 478.8 469.1 469.7 6.3 1.4

Education and health services

335.4 344.6 342.2 346.9 11.5 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

260.4 267.8 260.9 264.9 4.5 1.7

Other services

83.9 86.2 84.6 85.5 1.6 1.9

Government

314.6 324.5 321.0 322.7 8.1 2.6

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

 

Total nonfarm

3,174.1 3,269.8 3,218.2 3,236.5 62.4 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

150.1 153.4 152.4 150.9 0.8 0.5

Manufacturing

53.0 54.1 52.6 52.8 -0.2 -0.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

395.8 420.0 404.8 401.4 5.6 1.4

Information

75.4 72.0 71.1 72.2 -3.2 -4.2

Financial activities

154.8 155.9 154.9 156.0 1.2 0.8

Professional and business services

722.5 745.1 738.4 742.1 19.6 2.7

Education and health services

434.7 440.9 437.3 444.7 10.0 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

301.9 324.9 316.6 319.7 17.8 5.9

Other services

191.7 196.0 192.6 194.7 3.0 1.6

Government

694.2 707.5 697.5 702.0 7.8 1.1

(p) preliminary
 

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017