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 for March 2020 Read More »
  • Seeking public comment on possible changes to North American Industry Classification System for 2022 Read More »
  • 2019 CES Benchmark revision Read More »

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Next Release

  • The Employment Situation for April 2020 is scheduled to be released on May 8, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • Real Earnings for March 2020 is scheduled to be released on April 10, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
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News Releases

Nonfarm payroll employment falls by 701,000 in March; unemployment rate rises to 4.4%

04/03/2020

Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 701,000 in March, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent. These changes reflect the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and efforts to contain it. Employment in leisure and hospitality fell sharply, with smaller job losses in other industries.
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Real average hourly earnings increase 0.3% over the month in February

03/11/2020

Real average hourly earnings increased 0.3 percent over the month in February, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.3 percent and CPI-U increased 0.1 percent. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.5 percent over the month.
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Publications

The Economics Daily

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Real average weekly earnings up 0.7 percent from February 2019 to February 2020

Real average hourly earnings for all private nonfarm employees increased 0.6 percent from February 2019 to February 2020. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with no change in the average workweek resulted in a 0.7-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over the year. read more »

Beyond the Numbers

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The 2020 census and CES employment

This Beyond the Numbers article describes how census workers affect CES employment estimates. Typically, a mass movement of workers onto—and then off of—the Census Bureau payroll occurs around the turn of every decade. 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: -701,000(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: +$0.11(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: -0.2(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

Percent change in Total Private Aggregate Weekly Hours for All Employees: -1.1%(p) in Mar 2020 Historical Data

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

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

Change in Total Private Real Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: +$0.03(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

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