Current Employment Statistics - CES (National)

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.

Notices

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Next Release

  • The Employment Situation for January 2020 is scheduled to be released on February 7, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • Real Earnings for January 2020 is scheduled to be released on February 13, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
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News Releases

Payroll employment rises by 145,000 in December; unemployment rate unchanged at 3.5%

01/10/2020

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 decrease 0.1 percent over the month in December

01/14/2020

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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Publications

The Economics Daily

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Inflation-adjusted earnings in motor vehicles and parts industry down 17 percent from 1990 to 2018

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 »

Monthly Labor Review

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The relative weakness in earnings of production workers in manufacturing, 1990–2018

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 »

Latest Numbers

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Change in Total Nonfarm Payroll Employment: +145,000(p) in Dec 2019 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: +$0.03(p) in Dec 2019 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: unchanged in Dec 2019 Historical Data

Percent change in Total Private Aggregate Weekly Hours for All Employees: +0.1%(p) in Dec 2019 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: unchanged in Dec 2019 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Overtime for All Employees: unchanged in Dec 2019 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Real Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: -$0.01(p) in Dec 2019 Historical Data

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