Each month the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program surveys approximately 146,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 623,000 individual worksites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls.

Employment data for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions are available.

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Next Releases:

  • The Employment Situation for October 2016 is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • Real Earnings for October 2016 is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

CES News Releases

Payroll employment rises by 156,000 in September; unemployment rate little changed at 5.0%


Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.
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Current CES Economic News Releases

  • Current Employment Statistics Highlights, Monthly -- a package of charts and analysis featuring the latest industry employment numbers (PDF)
  • Real Earnings (HTML) (PDF)
  • Strike Report
  • Subscribe to the BLS News Service-- receive The Employment Situation and Real Earnings news releases by e-mail.
  • Upcoming Release Dates through 2016



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Employment, Hours, and Earnings - National
(Current Employment Statistics - CES)
Special Notice for Current Employment Statistics - CES Top Picks for CES National Data Finder for CES National One Screen Data Search for CES National Multi Screen Data Search for CES National Tables for CES National Text Files for CES National


CES Data Access Tips

CES Published Series – A table displaying the availability, by industry, of both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted data

Historical data for series in the selected news releases from the Current Employment Statistics survey (National)

Vintage data

  • CES vintage data tables that display the published employment values for a given reference month across time

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  • Series Report — Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data

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CES Special Notices

    • IMPORTANT CES Real Earnings Correction
    • IMPORTANT 2016 CES Preliminary Benchmark Revision
    • IMPORTANT Recently, the Current Employment Statistics program celebrated its 100th birthday with a symposium. Click here to watch Alan Greenspan, Jared Bernstein, and Kevin Hassett discuss one of the world’s most-watched economic datasets.
    • IMPORTANT The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), used by BLS and other statistical agencies to classify industry statistics, is periodically revised. The next NAICS revision is scheduled for 2017. A notice was published in the Federal Register on August 4, 2015, to describe the proposed 2017 changes to NAICS and to invite public comment. Additional information about the use of NAICS at BLS is available at the Bureau's NAICS webpage.
    • IMPORTANT The Joint Explanatory Statement that accompanied the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, included language directing the BLS to conduct a review of the methodology used in the collection and reporting of CES survey data for Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The BLS response to Congress is available at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesreport.htm.
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Current Employment Statistics Contacts

Staff members of the Current Employment Statistics are available Monday through Friday 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM EASTERN TIME for your assistance.

Telephone: (202) 691-6555
Fax: (202) 691-6641
If you have a specific CES data question, please contact us via e-mail.

Written inquiries should be directed to:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Current Employment Statistics
Suite 4860
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001