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Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment — November 2018


Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,765,700 in November 2018, up 94,700 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From November 2017 to November 2018, local nonfarm employment rose 2.6 percent, compared to the national rate of 1.6 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 third in both the number of jobs added over the year and 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 73,400 jobs from November a year ago, an increase of 2.8 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 28 percent of the area’s workforce, added 21,300 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 2.0 percent.

Industry employment

Professional and business services added 19,900 jobs in the area from November 2017 to November 2018, the largest gain of any local supersector. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area’s 3.3-percent annual rate of job growth compared to the U.S. increase of 2.7 percent. (See chart 2.) Nearly all of the area’s sector growth occurred in the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division which added 19,200 jobs.

Trade, transportation, and utilities, the metropolitan area’s largest supersector, added 18,900 jobs from November 2017. The 2.4-percent rate of local job growth compared to the national gain of 1.1 percent. Locally, employment rose in all three sub-sectors: transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+9,300); wholesale trade (+8,200); and retail trade (+1,400). Fort Worth-Arlington added nearly as many supersector jobs as Dallas-Plano Irving, up 8,600 and 10,300, respectively.

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington added 18,300 jobs in mining, logging, and construction from November 2017 to November 2018. The 8.5-percent annual rate of job gain for mining, logging, and construction marked the fastest rate of local growth since December 2014.

Seven other local sectors had annual job gains ranging from 7,900 to 2,200 from November 2017 to November 2018: leisure and hospitality (+7,900), financial activities (+7,800), manufacturing (+6,500), education and health services (+5,900), government (+4,700), other services (+2,600), and information (+2,200).

Employment in the 12 largest metropolitan areas

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in November 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 1.6 percent. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale had the fastest rate of job growth, up 4.2 percent, followed by Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land at 3.7 percent. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin had the slowest rate of job growth, 1.0 percent, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (1.1 percent).

Houston added the largest number of jobs over the year, 114,400, followed by New York-Newark-Jersey City, with 113,000 jobs. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington had the smallest employment gain over the year, adding 43,200 jobs. Annual gains in the remaining nine metropolitan areas ranged from 94,700 in Dallas to 45,700 in Chicago.

Over the year, professional and business services added the most jobs in seven areas: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria. Information lost the most jobs in five areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Philadelphia.

Dallas, Phoenix, and Washington were the only areas to experience annual gains in all reporting supersectors from November a year ago.

View original article at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website

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