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 1.4 million in August, and the unemployment rate
fell to 8.4 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption
of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the pandemic, as well as hiring for the
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Real average hourly earnings were unchanged over the month in August, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.4 percent and CPI-U increased 0.4 percent. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.3 percent over the month.
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Real (adjusted for inflation) average hourly earnings increased 3.7 percent from July 2019 to July 2020, after increasing 4.1 percent over year ended June 2020. The recent large increases in hourly earnings reflect the substantial job loss among lower-paid workers as a result of the COVID-19 closures. read more »
The local spread of coronavirus-19 has disproportionally affected employment across industries. read more »