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Current Employment Statistics - CES (National)

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 145,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 697,000 individual worksites.

Notices

  • The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Employment Situation Read More »
  • 2020 CES Preliminary Benchmark Revision Read More »
  • BLS modified the Current Employment Statistics net birth-death model in order to reflect changes in the relationship between business births and deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More »

Charts

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News Releases

Nonfarm payroll employment rises by 638,000 in October; unemployment rate declines to 6.9%

11/06/2020

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) pandemic.
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Real average hourly earnings increase 0.1% over the month in October

11/12/2020

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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Next Release

The Employment Situation for November 2020 is scheduled to be released on December 4, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
Real Earnings for November 2020 is scheduled to be released on December 10, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Publications

Beyond the Numbers

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Forty years of falling manufacturing employment

Despite being a leading driver of employment growth for decades, manufacturing has shed employment over the past 40 years as the U.S. economy has shifted to service-providing industries. This article looks at the broad employment trends in manufacturing over the past 40 years, as well as the trends in specific industries that have been most affected. read more »

The Economics Daily

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Real average hourly earnings up 3.2 percent for the year ended October 2020

For the year ended in October 2020, real average hourly earnings increased 3.2 percent. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 1.2 percent in the average workweek resulted in a 4.4-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Employment changes by employer size during the COVID-19 pandemic: a look at the Current Employment Statistics survey microdata

This article uses microdata from the Current Employment Statistics survey for the private sector to calculate employment changes from February 2020 to August 2020, by employer size. read more »

Latest Numbers

RSS

Change in Total Nonfarm Payroll Employment: +638,000(p) in Oct 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: +$0.04(p) in Oct 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: unchanged in Oct 2020 Historical Data

Percent change in Total Private Aggregate Weekly Hours for All Employees: +0.8%(p) in Oct 2020 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: +0.3(p) in Oct 2020 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Overtime for All Employees: +0.2(p) in Oct 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Real Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: +$0.01(p) in Oct 2020 Historical Data

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