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Monday, September 30, 2013

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New York Area Employment – August 2013

Job Count up 2.0 Percent over the Year in Area and 2.2 Percent in New York City

Total nonfarm employment for the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Metropolitan Statistical Area rose by 172,800 or 2.0 percent from August 2012 to August 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In New York City, employment increased by 84,400 or 2.2 percent from August a year ago. (See table 1.) Martin Kohli, the Bureau’s chief regional economist, noted that the area’s rate of job growth slightly exceeded the national figure of 1.7 percent. (See chart 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.)

Chart 1. Total nonfarm employment, over-the-year percent change, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York City, and the United States, August 2003 - August 2013

The New York metropolitan area is made up of four metropolitan divisions—separately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area. New York-White Plains-Wayne had the largest increase in employment—112,200 jobs since August 2012. Nassau-Suffolk followed with a gain of 27,100. Employment in Newark-Union and Edison-New Brunswick rose by 17,800 and 15,700 respectively.

Nassau-Suffolk had the largest percentage increase in employment, 2.2 percent, followed closely by New York-White Plains at 2.1 percent. In Newark and Edison, employment grew by 1.8 and 1.6 percent, respectively. (See chart 2.)

Chart 2. Over-the-year change in employment, metropolitan divisions in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, August 2013

Industry employment

One-third of the area’s job growth occurred in education and health services, which expanded by 55,100 over the year—the largest increase in the history of the series. (See table 1.) Local employment growth was greatest in ambulatory health care services, which added 12,300 jobs in New York City, and an additional 3,200 in Edison and 2,400 in Nassau-Suffolk. Educational services also contributed to the supersector’s growth, adding 6,100 jobs in colleges and universities in New York City. The area’s growth rate for this supersector, 3.6 percent, outpaced the national average of 1.9 percent.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the area’s largest supersector, gained the second greatest number of jobs, 42,500. Most of the job growth occurred in retail trade, up 29,700. New York City led the area with nearly 10,000 additional retail jobs, followed by Nassau-Suffolk, up 6,600 and Edison, up 5,200. Leisure and hospitality added 38,600 jobs which were concentrated in the food service industry in New York City, Newark, and Nassau-Suffolk. Professional and business services added 25,400 jobs with New York City accounting for over half of these gains. At the supersector level, area growth rates for both trade, transportation, and utilities and for leisure and hospitality exceeded their national rates, while local job growth in professional and business services lagged the national average. (See chart 3.)

Mining, logging, and construction was the only other local supersector with employment growth of at least 10,000, gaining 14,600 jobs over the year. Within the supersector, increases in specialty trade contractors in New York City (11,700) and Nassau-Suffolk (6,600) were partially offset by losses in Edison (-1,700).

The largest local employment losses occurred in information and government, each shedding 5,000 jobs. Information losses were concentrated in New York City, while government losses were concentrated in Edison. Nationally, information and government also shed jobs.

Chart 3. Over-the-year percent change in employment, by selected industry supersector, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island the United States, August 2013

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in August 2013. All of these areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with five exceeding the national average of 1.7 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, up 3.7 percent, followed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 3.0 percent. The slowest rate of expansion occurred in Detroit-Warren-Livonia (0.5 percent). (See chart 4. and table 2.)

New York added the largest number of jobs, 172,800, since August 2012 followed by Dallas, up 111,000. Detroit experienced the smallest gain, adding 9,000 jobs over the 12-month period.

Professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services each registered the largest over-the-year employment gains in 3 of the 12 metropolitan areas from August a year ago. Trade, transportation, and utilities led employment gains in two metropolitan areas (Houston and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach), while manufacturing led in one metropolitan area (Detroit). (See table 2.)

Government recorded the largest loss of jobs in seven areas—Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Detroit, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Miami, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont. In New York, information tied government for the most job losses with employment declines of 5,000 jobs each. In Dallas and Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, there were no job losses over 1,000 for any supersector.

Chart 4. Over-the-year percent change in employment, 12 largest metropolitan areas and the United States, August 2013

Metropolitan area employment data for September 2013 are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

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.

Employment

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 2007 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 a sample survey, 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 state CES data at the supersector level are available online at www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.htm. Information on recent benchmark revisions for states is available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Additional information
Industry employment data for states and metropolitan areas from the CES 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; TDD message referral phone number: 800-877-8339.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, dated December 1, 2009. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at www.bls.gov/lau/lausmsa.htm.

The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) consists of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties in New York State; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; and Pike County, Pennsylvania.

The Edison-New Brunswick Metropolitan Division consists of Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Somerset Counties in New Jersey.

The Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division consists of Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York.

The New York-White Plains-Wayne Metropolitan Division consists of Bronx, Kings, New York, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, and Westchester Counties in New York State; and Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey.

The Newark-Union Metropolitan Division consists of Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, not seasonally adjusted
(Numbers in thousands)
Area Aug.
2012
June
2013
July
2013
Aug.
2013 (1)
Aug. 2012 to
Aug. 2013 (1)
Net
change
Percent
change

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

8,533.3 8,799.3 8,741.6 8,706.1 172.8 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

313.0 320.5 322.5 327.6 14.6 4.7

Manufacturing

357.3 354.1 350.6 353.5 -3.8 -1.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,569.0 1,625.9 1,611.1 1,611.5 42.5 2.7

Information

279.1 273.0 275.0 274.1 -5.0 -1.8

Financial activities

745.1 748.2 756.6 747.2 2.1 0.3

Professional and business services

1,365.2 1,390.8 1,386.8 1,390.6 25.4 1.9

Education and health services

1,537.9 1,628.7 1,595.6 1,593.0 55.1 3.6

Leisure and hospitality

791.0 818.3 833.5 829.6 38.6 4.9

Other services

377.3 389.8 389.6 385.6 8.3 2.2

Government

1,198.4 1,250.0 1,220.3 1,193.4 -5.0 -0.4

Edison-New Brunswick Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,012.6 1,042.6 1,028.6 1,028.3 15.7 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

38.0 37.2 36.7 35.9 -2.1 -5.5

Manufacturing

59.0 59.4 59.0 59.2 0.2 0.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

222.8 231.4 229.0 229.5 6.7 3.0

Information

25.0 24.9 24.8 24.7 -0.3 -1.2

Financial activities

56.6 59.1 60.4 59.7 3.1 5.5

Professional and business services

185.6 186.3 185.3 186.8 1.2 0.6

Education and health services

149.5 156.8 153.4 154.7 5.2 3.5

Leisure and hospitality

103.1 102.9 109.7 109.4 6.3 6.1

Other services

46.0 47.3 46.6 46.5 0.5 1.1

Government

127.0 137.3 123.7 121.9 -5.1 -4.0

Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,260.4 1,306.4 1,293.3 1,287.5 27.1 2.2

Mining, logging, and construction

64.4 66.7 67.8 69.1 4.7 7.3

Manufacturing

74.3 72.4 71.5 72.0 -2.3 -3.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

260.6 271.8 268.0 267.3 6.7 2.6

Information

24.0 23.5 23.7 23.7 -0.3 -1.3

Financial activities

72.9 72.4 73.3 72.7 -0.2 -0.3

Professional and business services

166.8 173.4 174.2 174.3 7.5 4.5

Education and health services

231.9 241.1 236.8 237.6 5.7 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

124.3 127.4 131.2 130.0 5.7 4.6

Other services

55.2 54.8 57.0 56.2 1.0 1.8

Government

186.0 202.9 189.8 184.6 -1.4 -0.8

New York-White Plains-Wayne Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

5,295.9 5,448.7 5,431.5 5,408.1 112.2 2.1

Mining, logging, and construction

176.7 180.2 182.5 186.5 9.8 5.5

Manufacturing

160.2 158.0 156.4 158.0 -2.2 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

889.5 920.6 915.0 915.7 26.2 2.9

Information

210.1 205.1 207.0 206.3 -3.8 -1.8

Financial activities

547.2 545.7 550.9 544.5 -2.7 -0.5

Professional and business services

845.4 861.5 857.8 861.7 16.3 1.9

Education and health services

1,011.6 1,079.0 1,056.4 1,052.3 40.7 4.0

Leisure and hospitality

488.3 506.0 510.2 507.3 19.0 3.9

Other services

229.3 241.7 241.1 238.3 9.0 3.9

Government

737.6 750.9 754.2 737.5 -0.1 0.0

New York City

Total nonfarm

3,867.2 3,968.4 3,965.2 3,951.6 84.4 2.2

Mining, logging, and construction

118.8 122.3 122.5 123.8 5.0 4.2

Manufacturing

76.6 75.2 73.6 75.4 -1.2 -1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

583.0 600.9 598.3 600.0 17.0 2.9

Information

178.3 174.1 176.1 175.5 -2.8 -1.6

Financial activities

444.3 443.1 448.2 442.2 -2.1 -0.5

Professional and business services

627.4 641.3 638.4 642.5 15.1 2.4

Education and health services

757.2 811.2 791.5 789.3 32.1 4.2

Leisure and hospitality

368.2 381.7 383.8 383.2 15.0 4.1

Other services

168.7 179.0 177.1 175.3 6.6 3.9

Government

544.7 539.6 555.7 544.4 -0.3 -0.1

Newark-Union Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

964.4 1,001.6 988.2 982.2 17.8 1.8

Mining, logging, and construction

33.9 36.4 35.5 36.1 2.2 6.5

Manufacturing

63.8 64.3 63.7 64.3 0.5 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

196.1 202.1 199.1 199.0 2.9 1.5

Information

20.0 19.5 19.5 19.4 -0.6 -3.0

Financial activities

68.4 71.0 72.0 70.3 1.9 2.8

Professional and business services

167.4 169.6 169.5 167.8 0.4 0.2

Education and health services

144.9 151.8 149.0 148.4 3.5 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

75.3 82.0 82.4 82.9 7.6 10.1

Other services

46.8 46.0 44.9 44.6 -2.2 -4.7

Government

147.8 158.9 152.6 149.4 1.6 1.1

Footnotes
(1) Preliminary

NOTE: Data are counts of jobs by place of work. Estimates are currently projected from March 2011 benchmark levels. Estimates subsequent to the current benchmark month are provisional and will be revised when new information becomes available.