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

  • 2020 CES Preliminary Benchmark Revision to be released on August 19, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (ET) Read More »
  • The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Employment Situation for June 2020 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 »

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Next Release

  • The Employment Situation for July 2020 is scheduled to be released on August 7, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • Real Earnings for June 2020 is scheduled to be released on July 14, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
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News Releases

Nonfarm payroll employment rises by 4.8 million in June; unemployment rate falls to 11.1%

07/02/2020

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 4.8 million in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed in March and April due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Real average hourly earnings decrease 0.9% over the month in May

06/10/2020

Real average hourly earnings decreased 0.9 percent over the month in May, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings decreased 1.0 percent and CPI-U decreased 0.1 percent. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.5 percent over the month.
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Publications

Monthly Labor Review

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Examining industry composition effects in state employment

Did an industry composition effect slow the recovery of Alabama, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wyoming following the Great Recession? read more »

The Economics Daily

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Real weekly earnings up 7.4 percent for year ending May 2020, reflecting loss of lower-paying jobs

Real average hourly earnings for all private nonfarm employees increased 6.5 percent from May 2019 to May 2020. The increase in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.9-percent increase in the average workweek resulted in a 7.4-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over the year. 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 »

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 »

Latest Numbers

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Change in Total Nonfarm Payroll Employment: +4,800,000(p) in Jun 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: -$0.35(p) in Jun 2020 Historical Data

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

Percent change in Total Private Aggregate Weekly Hours for All Employees: +3.6%(p) in Jun 2020 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: +0.5(p) in Jun 2020 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Overtime for All Employees: unchanged in Jun 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Real Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: -$0.11(p) in May 2020 Historical Data

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