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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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New York Area Employment – February 2013

Job Count Up 1.3 percent over the year in both Area and New York City

Total nonfarm employment for the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Metropolitan Statistical Area rose by 110,000 or 1.3 percent from February 2012 to February 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In New York City, employment increased by 48,300, also a 1.3- percent gain from February a year ago. (See table 1.) Martin Kohli, the Bureau’s chief regional economist, noted that the rate of job growth for the area and the City lagged the national rate of 1.6 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, February 2003 - February 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, 66,500 jobs. In the Edison New Brunswick and Nassau-Suffolk divisions employment expanded by 19,200 and 16,200 respectively. Newark-Union added 8,100 jobs

Edison had the largest percentage increase in employment, 2.0 percent. New York-White Plains and Nassau-Suffolk each had an increase of 1.3 percent, while Newark-Union was the only division with an increase of less than 1.0 percent. (See chart 2.)

Chart 2. Over-the-year change in employment, metropolitan divisions in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, November 2012

Industry employment

Local employment growth was greatest in professional and business services, up 46,600. The area’s increase included 27,100 jobs in New York City, with a gain of 8,400 jobs in employment services, which includes temporary help services. Strong growth was also reported in the City among professional, scientific, and technical services, with jobs added in computer systems design (4,300), advertising (3,800), and accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services (2,800). Professional and business services job growth expanded by 3.6 percent in the New York area, outpacing the national average of 3.1 percent. (See chart 3.

Education and health services had the second-highest job growth in the local area, up 32,200. Employment growth in colleges and home health care in New York City contributed to the gains. The area’s over-the-year rate of job growth in education and health services, 2.0 percent, outpaced that of the nation, 1.7 percent.

Trade, transportation, and utilities employment expanded by 24,900, where gains in retail trade were offset by losses in transportation and utilities. Other services added 13,100 jobs over the year. Leisure and hospitality added 10,700 jobs, of which 5,300 were in limited-service eating places in the City. Over the year, the area’s rates of job growth in both trade, transportation, and utilities (1.6 percent) and in leisure and hospitality (1.5 percent) lagged those of the nation, which grew by 1.8 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively.

Four supersectors lost jobs from February a year ago. The information supersector shed 6,000 jobs in the New York area, with 3,600 jobs lost in motion picture and sound recording industries in the City. Manufacturing job losses totaled 5,100 over the year, a 1.4-percent decline. Government employment declined by 3,600 in the area, with a drop of 3,800 jobs in Nassau-Suffolk. Employment in financial activities contracted by 3,000 in the New York area, where the loss of 6,900 jobs in New York-White Plains was offset by gains in the other three divisions.

Chart 3. Over-the-year percent change in employment, by selected industry supersector, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island the United States, February 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 February 2013. All of these areas experienced over-the-year job gains in February, though the rates of growth were varied. Employment growth was strongest in Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 4.5 percent, almost triple the national rate of 1.6 percent. Two other areas—Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont—had growth rates above 3.0 percent, and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana broke the 2.0-percent mark. All remaining areas had job growth of at least 1.0 percent, with the exception of Detroit-Warren-Livonia, at 0.6 percent. (See chart 4. and table 2.)

Among the 12 areas, Los Angeles added the most jobs since February 2012, up 124,600, followed by Houston at 118,700. Employment in two other areas—New York and Dallas—also grew by more than 100,000. Detroit experienced the smallest gain, adding 10,500 jobs over the 12-month period.

Professional and business services topped area gains in seven metropolitan areas (Atlanta, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco). Trade, transportation, and utilities registered the largest employment gains in Houston and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano. Education and health services was the leading growth industry in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington and leisure and hospitality experienced the largest gains in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Manufacturing registered the highest employment growth in Detroit.

Government experienced the largest loss of jobs in four areas (Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia), and information in two areas (Dallas and New York). Leisure and hospitality and other services each led employment declines in one area. In Boston, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco there were no job losses over 1,000 for any supersector since February 2012.

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

Changes to Current Employment Statistics Data

Effective with the release of January 2013 data, nonfarm payroll estimates for all states, metropolitan areas, and metropolitan divisions were revised to reflect 2012 benchmark levels. For more information on benchmark procedures, see www.bls.gov/sae/benchmark2013.pdf.

Metropolitan area employment data for March 2013 are scheduled to be released on May 1, 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 in which State employment security agencies prepare the data using concepts, definitions, and technical procedures prescribed by 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 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; Federal Relay Service: (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 Feb.
2012
Dec.
2012
Jan.
2013
Feb.
2013 (1)
Feb. 2012 to
Feb. 2013 (1)
Net
change
Percent
change

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

Total nonfarm

8,399.0 8,706.9 8,497.3 8,509.0 110.0 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

282.6 301.6 283.5 282.8 0.2 0.1

Manufacturing

356.0 357.1 350.3 350.9 -5.1 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,553.8 1,656.5 1,607.9 1,578.7 24.9 1.6

Information

273.8 276.4 267.6 267.8 -6.0 -2.2

Financial activities

733.2 741.6 734.6 730.2 -3.0 -0.4

Professional and business services

1,297.6 1,377.6 1,334.4 1,344.2 46.6 3.6

Education and health services

1,583.9 1,621.9 1,601.3 1,616.1 32.2 2.0

Leisure and hospitality

698.4 737.3 709.6 709.1 10.7 1.5

Other services

366.5 381.4 379.6 379.6 13.1 3.6

Government

1,253.2 1,255.5 1,228.5 1,249.6 -3.6 -0.3

Edison-New Brunswick Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

972.6 1,022.2 991.5 991.8 19.2 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

33.4 37.6 33.3 34.0 0.6 1.8

Manufacturing

59.0 58.5 58.6 58.3 -0.7 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

217.3 234.1 226.7 222.4 5.1 2.3

Information

24.9 24.7 24.5 25.2 0.3 1.2

Financial activities

55.4 57.2 56.5 56.4 1.0 1.8

Professional and business services

173.4 188.8 179.2 178.9 5.5 3.2

Education and health services

151.1 154.2 152.9 154.6 3.5 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

77.1 82.7 78.8 78.2 1.1 1.4

Other services

43.3 45.6 45.0 45.1 1.8 4.2

Government

137.7 138.8 136.0 138.7 1.0 0.7

Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,229.2 1,282.7 1,250.1 1,245.4 16.2 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

57.1 60.4 58.2 55.7 -1.4 -2.5

Manufacturing

73.1 73.4 72.3 72.4 -0.7 -1.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

257.4 278.2 270.6 263.1 5.7 2.2

Information

23.9 24.1 23.5 23.5 -0.4 -1.7

Financial activities

71.1 73.3 72.7 72.5 1.4 2.0

Professional and business services

155.5 165.3 159.5 160.3 4.8 3.1

Education and health services

235.8 243.8 238.3 241.2 5.4 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

97.7 107.3 103.4 102.1 4.4 4.5

Other services

53.5 55.0 54.7 54.3 0.8 1.5

Government

204.1 201.9 196.9 200.3 -3.8 -1.9

New York-White Plains-Wayne Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

5,235.8 5,410.2 5,287.7 5,302.3 66.5 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

161.7 169.6 162.1 162.5 0.8 0.5

Manufacturing

159.6 161.0 156.6 156.5 -3.1 -1.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

883.9 938.7 910.3 896.1 12.2 1.4

Information

205.0 207.8 200.0 199.5 -5.5 -2.7

Financial activities

540.1 541.0 536.2 533.2 -6.9 -1.3

Professional and business services

806.9 855.3 830.3 839.3 32.4 4.0

Education and health services

1,048.1 1,073.6 1,061.5 1,070.9 22.8 2.2

Leisure and hospitality

454.0 473.9 458.0 458.8 4.8 1.1

Other services

226.0 234.9 233.8 234.4 8.4 3.7

Government

750.5 754.4 738.9 751.1 0.6 0.1

New York City

Total nonfarm

3,821.7 3,943.9 3,860.5 3,870.0 48.3 1.3

Mining, logging, and construction

109.1 113.9 110.0 110.4 1.3 1.2

Manufacturing

75.7 75.6 73.3 73.9 -1.8 -2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

577.4 613.8 594.9 583.8 6.4 1.1

Information

172.9 176.1 169.1 168.3 -4.6 -2.7

Financial activities

437.7 438.8 435.2 432.0 -5.7 -1.3

Professional and business services

602.6 636.8 622.4 629.7 27.1 4.5

Education and health services

785.5 805.3 797.4 803.3 17.8 2.3

Leisure and hospitality

349.0 365.2 352.4 353.1 4.1 1.2

Other services

167.6 172.8 172.4 173.3 5.7 3.4

Government

544.2 545.6 533.4 542.2 -2.0 -0.4

Newark-Union Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

961.4 991.8 968.0 969.5 8.1 0.8

Mining, logging, and construction

30.4 34.0 29.9 30.6 0.2 0.7

Manufacturing

64.3 64.2 62.8 63.7 -0.6 -0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

195.2 205.5 200.3 197.1 1.9 1.0

Information

20.0 19.8 19.6 19.6 -0.4 -2.0

Financial activities

66.6 70.1 69.2 68.1 1.5 2.3

Professional and business services

161.8 168.2 165.4 165.7 3.9 2.4

Education and health services

148.9 150.3 148.6 149.4 0.5 0.3

Leisure and hospitality

69.6 73.4 69.4 70.0 0.4 0.6

Other services

43.7 45.9 46.1 45.8 2.1 4.8

Government

160.9 160.4 156.7 159.5 -1.4 -0.9

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.