Each month the Current Employment Statistics program surveys about 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 for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions.
National nonfarm payroll data by detailed industry
- NEW 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.
- NEW Revisions in State Establishment-based Employment Estimates Effective January 2016.
- NEW 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.
- 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 www.bls.gov/sae/cesreport.htm
- Due to a data processing error, data for CES State and Metropolitan Area estimates were incorrectly published in the database and have now been corrected on July 21, 2015. A detailed list of corrections is available at www.bls.gov/bls/errata/sae_errata.htm
- The Regional and State Employment and Unemployment data for April 2016 are
scheduled to be released on May 20, 2016, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
- The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for April 2016 are
scheduled to be released on June 1, 2016, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
Jobless rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 270 of the 387 metropolitan areas,
higher in 98, and unchanged in 19. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 332 metropolitan areas
over the year, down in 51, and unchanged in 4.
In March, 21 states had over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, 15 states
had increases, and 14 states and the District of Columbia had no change.
Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states, decreased in 12 states
and the District, and was unchanged in South Dakota.
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D-1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by State and major
industry, seasonally adjusted (formerly table B-7)
D-2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls in States and
selected areas by major industry (formerly table B-14)
D-3. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by state, selected
metropolitan areas, and metropolitan divisions (formerly table
D-4. Average hours and earnings of production employees
on manufacturing payrolls, by State (formerly table B-19)
D-5. Average hours and earnings of production employees
on manufacturing payrolls in selected states, metropolitan areas, and
metropolitan divisions (formerly table B-20)
D-6. Average hours and earnings of all employees on
private nonfarm payrolls by state and metropolitan area, not seasonally
adjusted (formerly table B-21)
Regional and State Release Tables
Metropolitan Area Release Tables
2016 State and Area "Employment and Earnings" Tables by Month
2015 Annual Average Tables
- Employees on nonfarm payrolls in States and selected areas by major
industry (PDF) (XLS)
- Employees on nonfarm payrolls by State, selected metropolitan areas,
and metropolitan divisions (PDF) (XLS)
- Average hours and earnings of production employees on manufacturing
payrolls by State (PDF) (XLS)
- Average hours and earnings of all employees on private nonfarm
payrolls by State (PDF) (XLS)
- Monthly Labor Review Articles by CES staff
- Current Employment Statistics data and their contributions as key economic indicators (PDF 241k)
- Technology industries helped post-Great Recession jobs grow faster in northern than in southern California (PDF 596K)
- Job growth in the 1990s: a retrospect (PDF 71K)
- Job growth in television: cable versus broadcast (PDF 71K)
- The impact of strikes on current employment statistics (Technical note 45K)
- Book Reviews by CES staff
- Cutting costs, growing problems: hospital issues in the United States and Canada (PDF 139K)
- Shining a light on the shadow (PDF 143K)
- Reforms in education: the challenges in Michigan (and elsewhere) (PDF 138K)
- Life on the border of Mexico (PDF 156K)
- No time to play in the USA? (PDF 143K)
- Technical Notes
- CES Report Forms for Establishments
- Related Research
- Reliability of State and Area Estimates --Notes on variance and benchmark revisions; and standard errors associated with 1-, 3-, and 12-month changes for employment estimates.
- Current Benchmark Information
Other BLS Programs
- Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey (National)--monthly national data by detailed industry on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on the payrolls of nonfarm establishments.
- Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages --comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and geographic area for workers covered by State Unemployment Insurance laws.
- Local Area Unemployment Statistics--monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
- Sources of BLS Employment Data
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CES State and Area Contacts
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Employment Statistics State and Area program via email
or calling (202)691-6559 from
8:30 am through 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
The cooperating State Employment Security Administrations (SESAs) have labor market
information offices which publish and disseminate CES data for their
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