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Friday, April 26, 2019

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Pittsburgh Area Employment – March 2019

Local Rate of Employment Growth Slower than the National Average

Total nonfarm employment for the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 1,182,600 in March 2019, up 8,700, or 0.7 percent, over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the same period, the national job count increased 1.7 percent. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the Pittsburgh area’s March percent increase was its 27th consecutive month of over-the-year employment gains. (See chart 1 and table 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.)

Industry employment

In the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, leisure and hospitality had the largest employment gain from March 2018 to March 2019, adding 3,700 jobs. The local 3.2-percent rate of increase was faster than the 2.7-percent national increase for this industry. (See chart 2.)

Employment within the construction and education and health services supersectors increased by 3,600 and 2,900, respectively, since last March. The over-the-year local increase for education and health services (1.1 percent) was slower than the industry’s national increase (2.3 percent).

The financial activities supersector in the Pittsburgh area gained 1,200 jobs from March 2018 to March 2019. The local rate of increase for financial activities employment (1.6 percent) was faster than that for the nation (1.2 percent).

Only one supersector—manufacturing—lost more than 1,000 jobs from March 2018 to March 2019. The local rate of decline for this industry was 2.0 percent; nationally, manufacturing gained jobs at a rate of 1.7 percent.

Metropolitan area employment data for April 2019 are scheduled to be released on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

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 which 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 2017 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.

Annual revisions. Employment estimates are adjusted annually to a complete count of jobs, called benchmarks, derived principally from tax reports which 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 survey and administrative data 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 are also 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 special 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 nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at 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 Measures of nonsampling error are not available for the areas contained in this news release. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this release reflect the deliniations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on July 15, 2015. A detailed list of the geographic definitions is available at

The Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania.

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 Industry employment data for states and metropolitan areas from the Current Employment Statistics program are also available in the above mentioned news releases and from the Internet at

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 the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, not seasonally adjusted (in thousands)
Area Back
Mar 2018 to
Mar 2019

United States

Total nonfarm

147,368 148,295 (p)149,143 (p)149,867 (p)2,499 (p)1.7

Mining and logging

704 745 (p)744 (p)746 (p)42 (p)6.0


6,933 7,071 (p)7,066 (p)7,172 (p)239 (p)3.4


12,558 12,741 (p)12,762 (p)12,768 (p)210 (p)1.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,283 27,711 (p)27,462 (p)27,485 (p)202 (p)0.7


2,814 2,769 (p)2,799 (p)2,810 (p)-4 (p)-0.1

Financial activities

8,491 8,561 (p)8,571 (p)8,590 (p)99 (p)1.2

Professional and business services

20,566 20,841 (p)20,994 (p)21,092 (p)526 (p)2.6

Education and health services

23,656 23,802 (p)24,125 (p)24,206 (p)550 (p)2.3

Leisure and hospitality

15,818 15,880 (p)16,001 (p)16,249 (p)431 (p)2.7

Other services

5,778 5,811 (p)5,836 (p)5,871 (p)93 (p)1.6


22,767 22,363 (p)22,783 (p)22,878 (p)111 (p)0.5

Pittsburgh, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total Nonfarm

1,173.9 1,169.5 1,172.0 (p)1,182.6 (p)8.7 (p)0.7

Mining and logging

10.5 10.9 10.9 (p)11.0 (p)0.5 (p)4.8


54.3 56.3 54.7 (p)57.9 (p)3.6 (p)6.6


86.0 85.0 83.5 (p)84.3 (p)-1.7 (p)-2.0

Trade, transportation, and utilities

208.6 210.1 207.4 (p)208.0 (p)-0.6 (p)-0.3


19.1 19.4 19.5 (p)19.6 (p)0.5 (p)2.6

Financial activities

73.7 75.3 74.1 (p)74.9 (p)1.2 (p)1.6

Professional and business services

180.2 178.1 178.7 (p)179.4 (p)-0.8 (p)-0.4

Education and health services

258.5 255.8 261.9 (p)261.4 (p)2.9 (p)1.1

Leisure and hospitality

115.5 116.8 115.7 (p)119.2 (p)3.7 (p)3.2

Other services

50.0 50.0 49.4 (p)49.8 (p)-0.2 (p)-0.4


117.5 111.8 116.2 (p)117.1 (p)-0.4 (p)-0.3

(p) Preliminary

SOURCE: Current Employment Statistics - National - State and Metropolitan Area


Last Modified Date: Friday, April 26, 2019