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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — August 2018

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,716,000 in August 2018, up 114,900 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From August 2017 to August 2018, local nonfarm employment rose 3.2 percent, compared to the national rate of 1.7 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 second in the number of jobs added over the year and ranked third in 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 91,500 jobs from August a year ago, an increase of 3.6 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 28 percent of the area’s workforce, added 23,400 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 2.3 percent.

Industry employment

Professional and business services added 31,800 jobs in the area from August 2017 to August 2018, the largest gain of any local supersector. The Dallas area’s 5.3-percent annual rate of job growth compared to the U.S. increase of 2.6 percent. (See chart 2.) The Dallas-Plano-Irving division added jobs at a faster pace than the Fort Worth-Arlington division, 5.7 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively.

Employment in the area’s leisure and hospitality supersector rose by 16,300 since August 2017, the second-largest annual gain among the local supersectors. More than three-fourths of the job gain was in the sector’s largest industry, food services and drinking places (+12,500). The supersector’s rate of job growth in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, 4.3 percent, was more than double the nationwide advance of 1.6 percent.

Local mining, logging, and construction added 15,800 jobs from August 2017 to August 2018. Within the sector, specialty trade contractors accounted for two-thirds of the total gain (+10,700). The 7.3-percent annual rate of increase for mining, logging, and construction marked the fastest rate of local growth since the year ended in January 2015.

Employment was up 14,000 over the year in education and health services in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington. The area’s 3.2-percent rate of job growth compared to the U.S. rate of 2.1 percent.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 12,100 jobs from August 2017. The 1.6-percent rate of local job growth compared to the national gain of 1.2 percent. Locally, employment rose in all three sub-sectors: transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+5,800); wholesale trade (+4,500); and retail trade (+1,800). The increase in local retail trade employment occurred despite an annual loss of 1,700 jobs in department stores.

Four other local sectors had annual job gains ranging from 9,400 to 3,300 from August 2017 to August 2018: government (+9,400), manufacturing (+7,000), other services (+5,000), and financial activities (+3,300). The annual rate of increase in government employment in the local area was 2.3 percent, while nationally, employment was up 0.2 percent. In Dallas, gains occurred in the state and local government jurisdictions.

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in August 2018. All 12 areas had over-the-year job growth during the period, with the rates of job growth in 8 areas matching or exceeding the national average of 1.7 percent. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land had the fastest rate of job growth, up 3.7 percent, followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale at 3.6 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, 0.8 percent, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (1.2 percent). (See chart 3 and table 2.)

New York-Newark-Jersey City added the largest number of jobs over the year, 136,100. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+114,900) and Houston (+110,200) also had increases over 100,000 jobs. Chicago had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 36,300 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining eight metropolitan areas ranged from 73,500 in Phoenix to 38,800 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach.

Over the year, professional and business services added the most jobs in five areas: Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Information lost the most jobs in seven areas: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and Washington. Dallas was the only metropolitan area to have no annual job losses in any supersector from August a year ago.

Metropolitan area employment data for September 2018 are scheduled to be released on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).


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. 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 private employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/sae/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/sae/790stderr.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/benchmark2017.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 July 15, 2015. 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. 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.
2017
Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018(p)
Aug. 2017 to
Aug. 2018(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

146,801 150,040 148,892 149,226 2,425 1.7

Mining and logging

698 747 750 760 62 8.9

Construction

7,228 7,442 7,495 7,515 287 4.0

Manufacturing

12,555 12,797 12,804 12,808 253 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,449 27,803 27,773 27,767 318 1.2

Information

2,805 2,785 2,785 2,782 -23 -0.8

Financial activities

8,542 8,638 8,660 8,654 112 1.3

Professional and business services

20,679 21,129 21,139 21,215 536 2.6

Education and health services

22,938 23,425 23,322 23,411 473 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

16,809 17,040 17,149 17,082 273 1.6

Other services

5,825 5,955 5,936 5,918 93 1.6

Government

21,273 22,279 21,079 21,314 41 0.2

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

3,601.1 3,720.4 3,704.4 3,716.0 114.9 3.2

Mining, logging, and construction

216.4 229.6 230.7 232.2 15.8 7.3

Manufacturing

272.5 278.2 278.3 279.5 7.0 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

774.6 783.7 785.0 786.7 12.1 1.6

Information

83.6 84.2 84.5 83.8 0.2 0.2

Financial activities

297.3 299.7 299.1 300.6 3.3 1.1

Professional and business services

595.5 615.9 616.3 627.3 31.8 5.3

Education and health services

443.1 459.8 457.6 457.1 14.0 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

381.0 400.1 400.9 397.3 16.3 4.3

Other services

123.3 128.8 130.4 128.3 5.0 4.1

Government

413.8 440.4 421.6 423.2 9.4 2.3

Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

2,569.0 2,660.2 2,649.4 2,660.5 91.5 3.6

Mining, logging, and construction

141.6 154.6 155.1 155.2 13.6 9.6

Manufacturing

177.9 182.0 182.4 183.1 5.2 2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

520.1 525.4 525.7 526.8 6.7 1.3

Information

72.3 73.0 73.4 72.8 0.5 0.7

Financial activities

237.3 237.8 237.3 238.3 1.0 0.4

Professional and business services

483.2 501.3 502.7 510.9 27.7 5.7

Education and health services

307.6 319.7 317.2 319.0 11.4 3.7

Leisure and hospitality

260.7 272.8 273.6 273.1 12.4 4.8

Other services

83.9 89.3 90.5 88.2 4.3 5.1

Government

284.4 304.3 291.5 293.1 8.7 3.1

Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,032.1 1,060.2 1,055.0 1,055.5 23.4 2.3

Mining, logging, and construction

74.8 75.0 75.6 77.0 2.2 2.9

Manufacturing

94.6 96.2 95.9 96.4 1.8 1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

254.5 258.3 259.3 259.9 5.4 2.1

Information

11.3 11.2 11.1 11.0 -0.3 -2.7

Financial activities

60.0 61.9 61.8 62.3 2.3 3.8

Professional and business services

112.3 114.6 113.6 116.4 4.1 3.7

Education and health services

135.5 140.1 140.4 138.1 2.6 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

120.3 127.3 127.3 124.2 3.9 3.2

Other services

39.4 39.5 39.9 40.1 0.7 1.8

Government

129.4 136.1 130.1 130.1 0.7 0.5

(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.
2017
Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018(p)
Aug. 2017 to
Aug. 2018(p)
Net change Percent change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,737.7 2,782.2 2,776.5 2,791.4 53.7 2.0

Mining and logging

1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 0.0 0.0

Construction

121.0 130.3 129.9 132.4 11.4 9.4

Manufacturing

167.6 168.8 169.9 168.9 1.3 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

603.5 620.5 620.3 616.2 12.7 2.1

Information

100.5 94.6 95.3 96.7 -3.8 -3.8

Financial activities

171.4 171.4 169.8 170.9 -0.5 -0.3

Professional and business services

503.6 505.6 507.2 506.7 3.1 0.6

Education and health services

341.8 345.6 347.5 358.6 16.8 4.9

Leisure and hospitality

297.8 311.3 309.3 307.6 9.8 3.3

Other services

100.2 101.1 101.3 98.5 -1.7 -1.7

Government

328.7 331.4 324.4 333.3 4.6 1.4

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

Total nonfarm

2,741.6 2,824.4 2,812.8 2,804.3 62.7 2.3

Mining, logging, and construction

118.6 123.1 125.6 125.4 6.8 5.7

Manufacturing

188.3 191.8 192.9 192.1 3.8 2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

424.9 431.3 427.8 426.3 1.4 0.3

Information

80.7 80.5 80.9 81.4 0.7 0.9

Financial activities

187.7 185.8 186.3 186.4 -1.3 -0.7

Professional and business services

491.2 512.6 516.1 515.3 24.1 4.9

Education and health services

570.9 582.9 586.1 586.4 15.5 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

287.3 295.5 297.7 296.4 9.1 3.2

Other services

106.2 109.3 109.6 108.3 2.1 2.0

Government

285.8 311.6 289.8 286.3 0.5 0.2

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,726.0 4,800.9 4,777.4 4,762.3 36.3 0.8

Mining and logging

1.7 1.6 1.6 1.6 -0.1 -5.9

Construction

182.8 189.9 193.2 191.9 9.1 5.0

Manufacturing

416.5 425.7 425.8 422.5 6.0 1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

949.0 954.5 952.3 951.9 2.9 0.3

Information

79.5 75.7 75.3 74.7 -4.8 -6.0

Financial activities

308.6 312.3 313.5 312.8 4.2 1.4

Professional and business services

838.2 840.8 844.0 843.6 5.4 0.6

Education and health services

713.0 729.4 719.0 719.8 6.8 1.0

Leisure and hospitality

504.4 508.9 509.8 506.0 1.6 0.3

Other services

197.6 197.1 196.3 194.8 -2.8 -1.4

Government

534.7 565.0 546.6 542.7 8.0 1.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,601.1 3,720.4 3,704.4 3,716.0 114.9 3.2

Mining, logging, and construction

216.4 229.6 230.7 232.2 15.8 7.3

Manufacturing

272.5 278.2 278.3 279.5 7.0 2.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

774.6 783.7 785.0 786.7 12.1 1.6

Information

83.6 84.2 84.5 83.8 0.2 0.2

Financial activities

297.3 299.7 299.1 300.6 3.3 1.1

Professional and business services

595.5 615.9 616.3 627.3 31.8 5.3

Education and health services

443.1 459.8 457.6 457.1 14.0 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

381.0 400.1 400.9 397.3 16.3 4.3

Other services

123.3 128.8 130.4 128.3 5.0 4.1

Government

413.8 440.4 421.6 423.2 9.4 2.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,012.9 3,131.6 3,115.7 3,123.1 110.2 3.7

Mining and logging

78.4 79.7 80.0 80.3 1.9 2.4

Construction

214.4 236.5 239.1 243.3 28.9 13.5

Manufacturing

221.3 228.2 227.1 230.9 9.6 4.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

618.3 629.2 630.2 635.6 17.3 2.8

Information

32.2 31.4 31.6 31.3 -0.9 -2.8

Financial activities

160.3 163.8 164.3 164.0 3.7 2.3

Professional and business services

484.4 523.0 525.2 519.4 35.0 7.2

Education and health services

386.1 386.2 389.2 393.4 7.3 1.9

Leisure and hospitality

323.0 332.3 327.0 327.4 4.4 1.4

Other services

109.9 111.7 110.9 111.5 1.6 1.5

Government

384.6 409.6 391.1 386.0 1.4 0.4

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

6,027.9 6,130.8 6,071.9 6,100.9 73.0 1.2

Mining and logging

2.9 2.9 3.0 2.9 0.0 0.0

Construction

246.3 248.8 247.4 249.3 3.0 1.2

Manufacturing

508.6 505.4 506.7 505.2 -3.4 -0.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,100.2 1,088.9 1,091.8 1,098.5 -1.7 -0.2

Information

236.7 239.2 242.3 248.6 11.9 5.0

Financial activities

341.7 339.5 341.1 340.8 -0.9 -0.3

Professional and business services

926.3 938.3 937.7 945.9 19.6 2.1

Education and health services

1,003.1 1,027.2 1,017.8 1,027.7 24.6 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

754.5 777.0 784.3 780.7 26.2 3.5

Other services

204.6 205.1 202.5 201.8 -2.8 -1.4

Government

703.0 758.5 697.3 699.5 -3.5 -0.5

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,620.8 2,649.7 2,636.5 2,659.6 38.8 1.5

Mining and logging

0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.1 14.3

Construction

130.4 143.6 144.6 144.7 14.3 11.0

Manufacturing

89.1 97.8 97.7 97.9 8.8 9.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

596.0 601.2 600.0 601.9 5.9 1.0

Information

51.2 50.6 50.3 50.6 -0.6 -1.2

Financial activities

179.0 181.7 182.2 181.9 2.9 1.6

Professional and business services

433.9 438.7 435.5 434.0 0.1 0.0

Education and health services

390.2 390.5 392.6 392.1 1.9 0.5

Leisure and hospitality

319.4 326.4 320.0 321.8 2.4 0.8

Other services

122.2 127.6 124.9 125.1 2.9 2.4

Government

308.7 290.8 287.9 308.8 0.1 0.0

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

Total nonfarm

9,654.9 9,905.8 9,837.4 9,791.0 136.1 1.4

Mining, logging, and construction

409.2 413.7 416.0 416.2 7.0 1.7

Manufacturing

365.4 366.4 364.2 364.9 -0.5 -0.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,730.1 1,771.5 1,751.0 1,744.8 14.7 0.8

Information

289.2 289.4 282.4 284.0 -5.2 -1.8

Financial activities

788.3 786.2 789.1 787.5 -0.8 -0.1

Professional and business services

1,559.7 1,584.5 1,585.5 1,580.3 20.6 1.3

Education and health services

1,860.0 1,959.3 1,928.3 1,921.9 61.9 3.3

Leisure and hospitality

969.8 994.6 1,008.0 1,002.5 32.7 3.4

Other services

423.8 431.2 429.9 431.9 8.1 1.9

Government

1,259.4 1,309.0 1,283.0 1,257.0 -2.4 -0.2

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

Total nonfarm

2,892.1 2,975.9 2,953.7 2,939.9 47.8 1.7

Mining, logging, and construction

119.9 120.3 122.6 122.9 3.0 2.5

Manufacturing

181.6 182.1 181.7 181.3 -0.3 -0.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

520.1 531.0 527.3 524.8 4.7 0.9

Information

46.2 45.0 44.9 44.4 -1.8 -3.9

Financial activities

217.0 218.6 219.3 218.5 1.5 0.7

Professional and business services

466.6 484.5 484.8 480.6 14.0 3.0

Education and health services

624.8 647.1 647.4 645.0 20.2 3.2

Leisure and hospitality

279.3 285.5 286.7 286.2 6.9 2.5

Other services

121.8 122.8 121.8 121.6 -0.2 -0.2

Government

314.8 339.0 317.2 314.6 -0.2 -0.1

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,025.6 2,057.0 2,048.7 2,099.1 73.5 3.6

Mining and logging

3.3 3.2 3.2 3.2 -0.1 -3.0

Construction

115.9 127.9 128.6 129.5 13.6 11.7

Manufacturing

124.4 130.6 131.1 131.0 6.6 5.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

392.0 395.2 396.8 400.7 8.7 2.2

Information

36.0 37.4 36.8 36.9 0.9 2.5

Financial activities

187.3 189.1 189.1 191.5 4.2 2.2

Professional and business services

342.5 350.8 350.2 355.7 13.2 3.9

Education and health services

307.4 314.3 313.7 317.9 10.5 3.4

Leisure and hospitality

220.1 226.5 224.0 227.2 7.1 3.2

Other services

65.3 65.7 64.9 65.7 0.4 0.6

Government

231.4 216.3 210.3 239.8 8.4 3.6

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,397.7 2,439.6 2,434.6 2,443.3 45.6 1.9

Mining and logging

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0

Construction

121.5 123.4 124.1 124.7 3.2 2.6

Manufacturing

141.7 143.1 144.0 143.6 1.9 1.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

383.6 384.3 386.0 388.5 4.9 1.3

Information

108.2 110.1 112.5 112.1 3.9 3.6

Financial activities

143.6 142.7 143.1 144.9 1.3 0.9

Professional and business services

481.9 492.4 498.4 499.8 17.9 3.7

Education and health services

343.8 354.0 351.2 352.5 8.7 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

277.1 278.8 279.5 279.6 2.5 0.9

Other services

87.6 85.0 85.7 85.8 -1.8 -2.1

Government

308.2 325.3 309.6 311.3 3.1 1.0

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

Total nonfarm

3,266.3 3,357.3 3,359.8 3,331.2 64.9 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

163.0 168.0 169.2 170.3 7.3 4.5

Manufacturing

55.0 55.9 56.4 55.5 0.5 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

407.5 414.0 412.0 413.3 5.8 1.4

Information

74.0 75.7 74.6 73.5 -0.5 -0.7

Financial activities

158.7 161.6 161.9 161.2 2.5 1.6

Professional and business services

755.3 771.3 778.6 778.5 23.2 3.1

Education and health services

425.2 442.0 439.7 438.2 13.0 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

339.8 352.1 351.6 348.6 8.8 2.6

Other services

208.9 212.4 214.4 210.6 1.7 0.8

Government

678.9 704.3 701.4 681.5 2.6 0.4

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Last Modified Date: Tuesday, October 02, 2018