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 638,000 in October, and the unemployment rate
declined to 6.9 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued
resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Real average hourly earnings increased 0.1 percent over the month in October, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.1 percent and CPI-U was unchanged. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.1 percent over the month.
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