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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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New York Area Employment – May 2013

Job Count Up 1.6 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 133,800 or 1.6 percent from May 2012 to May 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In New York City, employment increased by 62,400, also a 1.6-percent gain from May a year ago. (See table 1.) Martin Kohli, the Bureau’s chief regional economist, noted that the over-the-year rate of job growth for the area matched the national rate of 1.6 percent; since December 2012, local growth has ranged from 1.8 to 1.3 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, May 2003 - May 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, 78,200 jobs. In the Nassau-Suffolk and Edison-New Brunswick divisions, employment expanded by 25,300 and 19,200, respectively. Newark-Union added 11,100 jobs

Nassau-Suffolk had the largest percentage increase in employment, 2.0 percent, followed closely by Edison at 1.9 percent. New York-White Plains and Newark-Union had increases of 1.5 and 1.1 percent, respectively. (See chart 2.)

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

Industry employment

One-third of the area’s job growth occurred in professional and business services, which expanded by 45,100, or 3.4 percent, over the year. (See table 1.) Administrative and waste services, which includes employment agencies and temporary help, led the growth in this supersector by adding over 20,000 jobs in New York City and Nassau-Suffolk. Professional and technical services also contributed to the supersector’s growth, with the addition of 10,000 jobs in New York City, primarily in accounting and bookkeeping, advertising, and computer systems design. Employment in this local supersector grew at the same rate as the national average.

Education and health services, the area’s largest supersector, gained the second greatest number of jobs, 38,600. Local employment growth occurred mainly in ambulatory health care services, which added 10,500 jobs in New York City. The trade, transportation, and utilities supersector added 34,800 jobs. Most of the job growth occurred in retail trade, gaining 27,800 jobs. For both education and health services and trade, transportation, and utilities, the local rates of employment growth exceeded those of the nation. (See chart 3.

Two other local supersectors had employment growth of at least 10,000—leisure and hospitality and other services. Within leisure and hospitality, job gains were concentrated in the food service industry in New York City and in Nassau-Suffolk.

The largest local employment loss, 11,400, occurred in government. Local government shed almost 6,000 jobs in the New York area, including more than 2,000 public school jobs in Nassau-Suffolk. Local employment in manufacturing and information each shrank by at least 5,000. Nationally, government also shed jobs, while the manufacturing and information supersectors gained jobs.

Chart 3. Over-the-year percent change in employment, by selected industry supersector, New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island the United States, May 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 May 2013. All of these areas experienced over-the-year job growth during the period, with five exceeding the national average of 1.6 percent. The fastest rate of job growth was registered in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, up 3.6 percent, closely followed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, up 3.4 percent. The slowest rate of expansion occurred in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (0.9 percent). (See chart 4. and table 2.)

New York added the largest number of jobs, 133,800, since May 2012. Employment in Dallas and Houston each expanded by more than 90,000. Detroit-Warren-Livonia experienced the smallest gain, adding 19,400 jobs over the 12-month period.

Professional and business services registered the largest over-the-year employment gains in 6 of the 12 metropolitan areas from May a year ago—Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Dallas, New York, San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

Government recorded the largest loss of jobs in five areas—Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, and New York. In Dallas, there were no job losses over 1,000 for any supersector. Houston experienced no job losses for any supersector since last May.

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

Metropolitan area employment data for June 2013 are scheduled to be released on July 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 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 May
2012
March
2013
April
2013
May
2013 (1)
May 2012 to
May 2013 (1)
Net
change
Percent
change

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

Total nonfarm

8,598.2 8,588.2 8,672.2 8,732.0 133.8 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

301.9 292.5 303.4 308.6 6.7 2.2

Manufacturing

359.0 354.3 353.9 354.0 -5.0 -1.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,577.7 1,590.7 1,601.8 1,612.5 34.8 2.2

Information

279.0 271.8 273.9 272.4 -6.6 -2.4

Financial activities

734.8 730.7 732.5 734.9 0.1 0.0

Professional and business services

1,338.4 1,357.6 1,371.3 1,383.5 45.1 3.4

Education and health services

1,602.0 1,634.1 1,644.2 1,640.6 38.6 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

764.5 723.4 752.4 784.8 20.3 2.7

Other services

377.5 380.7 383.6 388.7 11.2 3.0

Government

1,263.4 1,252.4 1,255.2 1,252.0 -11.4 -0.9

Edison-New Brunswick Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,008.0 1,002.6 1,011.9 1,027.2 19.2 1.9

Mining, logging, and construction

36.4 33.8 36.1 36.5 0.1 0.3

Manufacturing

59.5 59.1 58.6 58.8 -0.7 -1.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

221.9 223.8 226.4 230.5 8.6 3.9

Information

24.9 25.0 24.8 24.8 -0.1 -0.4

Financial activities

55.9 56.7 56.8 57.5 1.6 2.9

Professional and business services

180.9 183.9 183.4 184.9 4.0 2.2

Education and health services

152.3 154.7 155.7 156.7 4.4 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

91.1 81.3 86.6 94.2 3.1 3.4

Other services

45.2 45.1 45.5 46.3 1.1 2.4

Government

139.9 139.2 138.0 137.0 -2.9 -2.1

Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

1,270.1 1,264.2 1,282.5 1,295.4 25.3 2.0

Mining, logging, and construction

61.9 61.0 64.4 65.2 3.3 5.3

Manufacturing

74.2 72.5 72.5 72.6 -1.6 -2.2

Trade, transportation, and utilities

262.2 264.2 267.3 269.5 7.3 2.8

Information

23.9 23.6 23.5 23.5 -0.4 -1.7

Financial activities

72.2 71.6 71.5 71.9 -0.3 -0.4

Professional and business services

164.9 164.6 169.3 174.8 9.9 6.0

Education and health services

238.7 244.1 245.4 243.8 5.1 2.1

Leisure and hospitality

111.9 106.7 111.7 117.8 5.9 5.3

Other services

55.3 54.9 55.1 54.6 -0.7 -1.3

Government

204.9 201.0 201.8 201.7 -3.2 -1.6

New York-White Plains-Wayne Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

5,341.1 5,348.4 5,395.9 5,419.3 78.2 1.5

Mining, logging, and construction

170.9 166.7 168.5 171.2 0.3 0.2

Manufacturing

161.1 158.5 158.5 157.9 -3.2 -2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

894.9 905.2 910.4 913.0 18.1 2.0

Information

210.5 203.7 206.1 204.5 -6.0 -2.9

Financial activities

539.2 533.7 534.9 535.8 -3.4 -0.6

Professional and business services

826.0 844.2 853.8 856.1 30.1 3.6

Education and health services

1,061.4 1,085.2 1,091.6 1,088.1 26.7 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

487.2 463.8 479.4 495.7 8.5 1.7

Other services

231.4 234.7 237.4 241.8 10.4 4.5

Government

758.5 752.7 755.3 755.2 -3.3 -0.4

New York City

Total nonfarm

3,892.5 3,907.4 3,942.1 3,954.9 62.4 1.6

Mining, logging, and construction

115.0 114.4 114.8 117.0 2.0 1.7

Manufacturing

76.5 74.5 74.3 74.3 -2.2 -2.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

584.4 591.8 594.8 596.2 11.8 2.0

Information

178.1 172.7 175.2 173.6 -4.5 -2.5

Financial activities

436.3 432.5 433.8 434.8 -1.5 -0.3

Professional and business services

612.9 631.9 638.1 637.1 24.2 3.9

Education and health services

796.1 815.8 821.4 817.6 21.5 2.7

Leisure and hospitality

372.3 356.5 368.7 378.7 6.4 1.7

Other services

171.0 173.2 175.5 179.4 8.4 4.9

Government

549.9 544.1 545.5 546.2 -3.7 -0.7

Newark-Union Metropolitan Division

Total nonfarm

979.0 973.0 981.9 990.1 11.1 1.1

Mining, logging, and construction

32.7 31.0 34.4 35.7 3.0 9.2

Manufacturing

64.2 64.2 64.3 64.7 0.5 0.8

Trade, transportation, and utilities

198.7 197.5 197.7 199.5 0.8 0.4

Information

19.7 19.5 19.5 19.6 -0.1 -0.5

Financial activities

67.5 68.7 69.3 69.7 2.2 3.3

Professional and business services

166.6 164.9 164.8 167.7 1.1 0.7

Education and health services

149.6 150.1 151.5 152.0 2.4 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

74.3 71.6 74.7 77.1 2.8 3.8

Other services

45.6 46.0 45.6 46.0 0.4 0.9

Government

160.1 159.5 160.1 158.1 -2.0 -1.2

Footnotes
(1) Preliminary

NOTE: Data are counts of jobs by place of work. Estimates are currently projected from March 2010 benchmark levels. Estimates subsequent to the current benchmark month are provisional and will be revised when new information becomes available.