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 145,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 697,000 individual worksites.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 661,000 in September, and the unemployment rate
declined to 7.9 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued
resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus
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Real average hourly earnings decreased 0.1 percent over the month in September, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.1 percent and CPI-U increased 0.2 percent. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.2 percent over the month.
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Real average hourly earnings increased 3.3 percent from August 2019 to August 2020. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.6 percent in the average workweek resulted in a 3.9-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period. The increases in real average hourly and weekly earnings largely reflect the substantial job loss over the year among lower-paid workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to contain it. read more »
This article examines trends in real average hourly earnings (1982–84 dollars) for all employees from June 2009 to December 2019. It looks at real earnings at the total private and major industry levels, with more detailed analysis for select industries. read more »