The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program produces detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. CES National Estimates produces data for the nation, and CES State and Metro Area produces estimates for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions.
Each month, CES surveys approximately 142,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 689,000 individual worksites.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 145,000 in December, and the unemployment
rate was unchanged at 3.5 percent. Notable job gains occurred in retail trade and
health care, while mining lost jobs.
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Real average hourly earnings decreased 0.1 percent over the month in December, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.1 percent and CPI-U increased 0.2 percent. Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.1 percent over the month.
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In the motor vehicles and parts manufacturing industry, relatively small gains in hourly earnings from 1990 to 2018 did not keep pace with inflation. As a result, real (that is, inflation-adjusted) average hourly earnings declined in motor vehicles and parts manufacturing over the 1990–2018 period. In contrast, inflation-adjusted hourly earnings in the total private sector increased over this period. read more »
Although manufacturing industries had a reputation for stable, well-paying jobs throughout much of the 20th century, shifts within the industry in the last several decades have considerably altered that picture. Since 1990, average hourly earnings trends in the various manufacturing industries have been disparate, with a few industries showing strong growth but many others having growth rates that are lower than those of the total private sector. read more »