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Current Employment Statistics - National: Overview

The Current Employment Statistics-National (CES-N) program produces detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. Each month, BLS collects data through the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, which includes about 131,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 670,000 individual worksites drawn from a sampling frame of unemployment insurance tax accounts covering roughly 10.4 million establishments.

The Handbook of Methods also provides information on the Current Employment Statistics-State and Metro Area (CES-SA) program at https://www.bls.gov/sae/. CES-SA produces estimates of employment, hours, and earnings data for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions. The CES-SA program uses the same sample and collection methods, thus references to CES apply to both CES-N and CES-SA programs.

Quick Facts: Current Employment Statistics - National
Subject areas Employment, Hours, Pay
Key measures
  • Average hourly earnings
  • Average weekly hours
  • Employment
  • Real earnings
How the data are obtained Survey of businesses and governments
Classification system Industry
Periodicity of data availability Monthly
Geographic detail National
Scope Government, Private sector
Key products
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: May 04, 2022