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 149,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 651,000 individual worksites.

Next Releases:

  • The Employment Situation for March 2018 is scheduled to be released on April 6, 2018, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • Real Earnings for March 2018 is scheduled to be released on April 11, 2018, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

CES National News Releases

Payroll employment increases by 313,000 in February; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1%


Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 313,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent. Employment rose in construction, retail trade, professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities, and mining.
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CES National 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



CES Tables and Charts


  • UPDATED Table 1. Employment: normal seasonal movements, over-the-month changes, and tests of significance (in thousands) (TXT) (XLSX)
  • UPDATED Table 2. Detailed industry employment ranked by over-the-month changes, tests of significance, and prior 3-month average changes, seasonally adjusted (in thousands) (TXT) (XLSX)
  • NEW Table 3A. Employment changes and tests of significance, seasonally adjusted (in thousands) (TXT) (XLSX)
  • UPDATED Table 3B. Over-the-month employment changes compared with recent averages, seasonally adjusted (in thousands) (TXT) (XLSX)
  • UPDATED Table 4. Over-the-year employment changes and tests of significance, seasonally adjusted (in thousands) (TXT) (XLSX)
  • UPDATED Table 5. Average weekly hours and average hourly earnings of all employees: normal seasonal movements, over-the-month changes, and tests of significance (TXT) (XLSX)
  • UPDATED Table 6. Over-the-month and over-the-year changes in aggregate weekly hours and payrolls of all employees, seasonally adjusted (in thousands) (TXT) (XLSX)
  • UPDATED Table 7. Most recent industry-specific employment peak and trough, and changes from peak and trough to current employment, seasonally adjusted (in thousands) (TXT) (XLSX)
  • Tables A-C2: 90 percent confidence intervals for employment, hours, overtime hours, and earnings (XLSX)


  • Benchmark Article (HTML) (PDF)
    • Comparison of All Employees, seasonally adjusted (TXT) (XLSX)
    • Comparison of All Employees, not seasonally adjusted (TXT) (XLSX)

All CES Benchmark Tables »

Tables from Employment and Earnings

Monthly Establishment Data--National

Archived Tables from Employment and Earnings - Archived tables are available in PDF format.

All CES Employment and Earnings Tables »


CES National Databases


Database Name Special
Tables Text Files
Employment, Hours, and Earnings - National
(Current Employment Statistics - CES)
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IMPORTANT Effective with the release of May estimates on June 2, 2017, the Current Employment Statistics program reorganized the CE datasets stored as text files for download from the BLS website.

CES National Data Access Tips

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

More CES National Data Access Tools

  • CES National Historical "B" tables – Looking for historical data from the Employment Situation news release tables? Use these data extraction tables.
  • Series Report – Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • UPDATED CES National vintage data – Looking for published employment values as of a specific reference month? These tables display CES published employment values for a given reference month across time.
  • Flat text files – For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.

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Contact CES

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